How to remove a tick

Watch this video from OSU Entomology and OSU Extension Franklin County to learn how to safely remove a tick. Then check here for more information!

Special Collections of Tick Scientific Articles NOW Available

The ESA J. of Medical Entomology has just published a collection of several science articles on ticks. All in one public access issue! All you tick lovers out there should check this out! The articles will only be public access for a year.


“The Journal of Medical Entomology is pleased to publish a special collection of forum articles on the rise of ticks and tick-borne diseases in the United States. The articles were written by leaders in the field and highlight key accomplishments, significant information gaps, insights into trends and drivers, and identification of high priority needs.”  [NE IPM Center Newsletter]

Save the Date: Inaugural Ohio Regional Tick Symposium

Join us on October 15th, 2021 at the 4H center on the Ohio State campus for the first Ohio Regional Tick Symposium. This one-day research symposium will bring researchers, public health officials, health practitioners, and pest management specialists together to facilitate discussions and share ongoing research. We’re excited to announce the two Keynote Speakers: Dr. Ben Beard, Deputy Director of the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases at the  Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Dr. Kirby Stafford, Chief Scientist/State Entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

More information can be found here.

Registration will open in summer 2021. For registration updates, follow this link and submit your information.



Educational Resources for Bed Bugs, Ticks, Mosquitoes, Rodents, Stinging Insects and Head Lice

The NE IPM Center recently offered a list of public educational tools for the following:

  • bed bugs
  • head lice
  • rodents
  • mosquitoes
  • ticks
  • stinging insects

These resources are available posters, pocket cards, and guides. These resources are targeted at school nurses, but they are easily modifiable for all general audiences.

Find information for these resources at:

Nootkatone a New Active Ingredient Potential Repellent Now Registered by EPA

From the Environmental Protection Agency:

“A new active ingredient, discovered and developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in insecticides and insect repellents… the new ingredient, nootkatone, they may repel and kill ticks, mosquitoes, and a wide variety of other biting pests. Nootkatone is responsible for the characteristic smell and taste of grapefruit and is widely used in the fragrance industry to make perfumes and colognes. It is found in minute quantities in Alaska yellow cedar trees and grapefruit skin….Nootkatone can now be used to develop new insect repellents and insecticides for protecting people and pets. CDC’s licensed partner, Evolva, is in advanced discussions with leading pest control companies for possible commercial partnerships… products could be commercially available as early as 2022.”

EPA Press Release:

CDC Press Release at:

Evolva Press Release at:  and and

Further information regarding this new repellent active ingredient is below.


CDC on Nootkatone:


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Studies on Nootkatone (and attached):

TickTalk with TickReport Webinars

A FREE series brought to you by the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology and UMass Extension

TickTalk with TickReport is back for 2020! Each month we will hear from Dr. Stephen Rich and the Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ)! TickTalk in 2020 will also feature exciting guest speakers on tick topics that you told us were important to YOU. The series will include seasonality and life stages of ticks (key to planning intervention and prevention), emerging or invasive tick species, how ticks use vegetation and leaf litter throughout their life cycle, increasing fears of Alpha-gal allergies (allergies to certain meat and animal-related products), dispelling myths of tick control, and many more. Mosquito concerns, including life cycle, behavior, and EEE infection, will also be addressed and Dr. Rich will discuss the tens of thousands of mosquitoes the LMZ tests each year for a range of viruses. Tune in the 2nd Wednesday of the month! 

Preregistration is required to access the webinars. To be notified of upcoming webinar dates and topics, join our e-mail list at:

NOTE REGARDING TICK TESTING: TickReport at the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology is open and accepting tick samples for testing. For more details on how to submit samples, go to

2020 WEBINAR SCHEDULE – 2nd Wednesday of the month

AUGUST 12, 2020 – Extinction of Deer Ticks in North America
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Rich, Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Director the Laboratory of Medical Zoology
Dr. Stephen Rich will discuss a recent publication in Nature (June 2020) from the Laboratory of Medical Zoology that provides insight to the evolutionary and ecological origin of the primary Lyme disease vectors in North America. Register at:

SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 – Biology of Ticks and Other Tick-Borne Disease
Speaker: Daniel Sonenshine, Professor Emeritus, Old Dominion University; Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIH)
Dr. Rich will host Dr. Daniel Sonenshine, preeminent tick biologist who quite literally wrote the book on ticks (Biology of Ticks in two volumes, co-authored with Dr. R. Michael Roe).  Dr. Sonenshine’s research interest in ticks precedes the discovery of Lyme disease in North America and he is thus uniquely qualified to provide a historical context for this public health challenge. Register at:

OCTOBER 14, 2020 – Tick-borne Disease Surveillance in the US
Speaker: Dr. Ben Beard, Deputy Director, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
Dr. Rich welcomes Dr. Ben Beard to the TickTalk webinar.  Dr. Beard will present the latest CDC findings on the burdens of tick-borne disease and public health trends.  Register at:

NOVEMBER 18, 2020 – Babesiosis
Speaker: Dr. Sam R. Telford III, Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Dr. Telford III joins Dr. Rich on the TickTalk webinar to discuss the second most commonly reported tick-borne disease in North America (after Lyme disease).  Babesiosis is a malaria-like illness transmitted by the same ticks as Lyme.  Dr. Telford is recognized as a global authority on this disease. Register at:

DECEMBER 9, 2020 – Topic TBD
Register at:

ARCHIVED WEBINARS (see links below)