Forum on Ticks Monday

“Ticks: Facts, Fictions, and the Unknowns” is the compelling title of a forum on Monday whose goal is to help fill the need for accessible public education on ticks and the prevention of tick-borne illnesses.

The forum, sponsored by the Accabonac Protection Committee, will include presentations from medical experts and from Sean O’Neal, the Peconic Baykeeper.

Deer ticks and dog ticks are prevalent here. Their bites can cause Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and several other diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The Asian long-horned tick has recently become an issue across the Northeast, with a possibility that it will reach the East End since its population is growing rapidly. 

  The featured panelists are Tamson Yeh of Cornell University, who will explain the biology of ticks, and Anne Marie Wellins, a member of the advisory panel of the Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

A question and answer session moderated by Zach Cohen, a member of the Suffolk County Tick Control Advisory Committee, will follow, with Rebecca Young, a member of the Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center, answering questions after the forum at a “Tick Info Table.”

Francesca Rheannon, president of the Accabonac Protection Committee, said several residents wanted to know what methods of control are both safe for the environment and effective. Mr. O’Neal’s presentation is expected to cover this in depth. She also said there was growing concern about the Asian long-horned tick. 

“Ticks: Facts, Fictions, and the Unknowns” is free, with refreshments at 5:30 p.m. and the panel at 6 p.m. The event will take place at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. More information is available at accabonacprotection@gmail.com or 631-268-9131.