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Check out Dr. Thomas Mather, Director of TickEncounter, on ABC 6!

ABC 6 – Tick Week Video Clips

Ticks and summertime go hand-in-hand across Southern New England. ABC 6’s Kelly Bates talked to “The TickGuy”, Dr. Thomas Mather, from the University of Rhode Island to learn more about two types of ticks new to New England and how to bring a tick expert along on your next outdoor adventure.

Episode 1: The Meat Allergy Tick Spotted in Rhode Island

Episode 2: New Tick Just Found In Rhode Island Multiplying Fast

Episode 3: August Affects Common Ticks in Southern New England

Episode 4: Tick Education, Engagement and Empowerment Through Technology

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  • Just Tell Me What I Need to Know … When I Need to Know it - There are a lot of fairly simple things that people can do to help protect against ticks but most people also could use a nudge to help them remember to do them.
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