Long Island is Tick Land. One cannot go for a hike here without arming themselves with repellent to ward off possibly the most unloved creature in the outdoors. This important presentation will introduce our audience to the most important tick species in the Northeast, including blacklegged, lone star and American dog ticks, and the diseases they carry. Participants will learn about biology and habitats of different ticks, techniques for preventing and avoiding tick bites, and sustainable ways to manage ticks in landscapes and around structures.
About the speaker: As Coordinator of Community IPM at the NYSIPM Program at Cornell University, Dr. Gangloff-Kaufmann leads a team of specialists in promoting awareness and sustainable solutions to urban and public health pest issues, including ticks. Jody has been an entomologist and IPM Specialist for over 20 years, working closely with local government officials, Cooperative Extension educators, professionals and the public to encourage the adoption of integrated pest management. IPM is an effective approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices that reduce risks to human health and the environment.