The Latest Backyard Tick Research with Dr. Neeta Connally
It may be the so-called garden offseason in many zones of the United States, but I’m not sure anyone told the ticks that. Ticks, and how those of us who spend time outdoors can avoid potentially harmful effects of contact with them, are a subject I’m asked a lot about and have a lot of questions about myself. I asked a leading tick researcher for nearly 20 years, Dr. Neeta Connally of Western Connecticut State University, to help answer some of them.
In the fall of 2016, Dr. Connally won a $1.6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control to fund a four-year study, in coordination with the University of Rhode Island, to gauge the effectiveness of various tick control methods in the areas around people’s homes. She’ll tell us more about the angles being pursued, and also about self-care topics, from treated clothing to the use of topical repellents and more.
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