Protecting Yourself from Tick Bites

Category: Season 8

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Dr. Erika Machtinger, Assistant Professor of Entomology Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Erika Machtinger holds a B.S. from the University of Delaware in Wildlife Conservation and Ecology, and a M.S. and PhD in Entomology from the University of Florida. Her research on ticks and tick-borne diseases started at the USDA in Maryland developing area-wide tools to control ticks. Currently, Dr. Machtinger is focused on improving tick control tools that homeowners can use and understanding more about the behavior of ticks to develop new control tools. Dr. Machtinger is also the team leader for the vector-borne disease team at Penn State Extension. The focus of the team is reducing the risk of tick and tick-borne disease exposure to people and animals throughout the Commonwealth.

The best offense is a good defense! In this presentation, participants will learn about avoidance, prevention, and reduction–and how each of these steps can help reduce the risk of tick bites and tick-borne disease. We can’t always be in control of our environment, but there are many things that we can do to help prevent tick bites!

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