U of A Wants You to Collect Ticks

ARKANSAS - Ticks: You know it's summer time when you find a blood-sucking tick somewhere. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture wants you to take advantage of this as part of a statewide "citizen-scientist" study of ticks and the disease they carry.

The study is to help identify which areas have tick-borne illnesses, not to diagnose individuals who suspect they have a tick-borne illness.  

"This project will provide much-needed statewide information on tick distribution and the diseases they carry," said Kelly Loftin, an extension entomologist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. 

The UA System Division of Agriculture has distributed collection kits to county offices. The kits will include instructions on how to remove live species and collecting them the proper way. 

The collection period will be from now until the end of deer season. 

For more information on the collection kits and how you can get involved, click here. 



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