PLEASE NOTE: The Tick Awareness event scheduled for Saturday, May 7 has been postponed due to weather
MAY IS LYME DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH
East End Tick & Mosquito Control, the Suffolk County Department of Health, and the Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital along with Mashashimuet Park are unveiling “Tick Awareness” signs at Mashashimuet Park on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m (postponed due to weather). The signs will be at the head of both trails in the park that lead to the Long Pond Greenbelt and there will be additional signs throughout the park. The Park will also be unveiling two new kiosks that will be at the same spot as the signs. The kiosks will house tick spray and tick information which will be available to anyone who utilizes the trails.
Brian Kelly, owner of East End Tick & Mosquito Control offered his professional advice to Mashashimuet Park prior to their first 5k. The race was run primarily through their trails last September and runners were also provided with tick sprays prior to the race. Mashashimuet Park did not hear of any tick encounters post-race, so they had the idea to install tick awareness signs and offer tick spray to their patrons at all times. Brian collaborated with the Suffolk County Department of Health on the tick awareness signs, which they’ll both be providing and Brian’s colleagues, Karen Wulffraat and Rebecca Young from the Tick-Borne Disease Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital will help with the unveiling and speak about their efforts in tick disease awareness, the resource center, the collaborations they have with partners in the community, and their goals for 2022. They will also bring tick removal kits, handbooks and ID cards for attendees.
“Among the Department’s objectives is education about tick-bite prevention, so we were pleased to be part of this project which fits in well with our mission.” ——Scott R. Campbell, PhD (Laboratory Chief
Arthropod-Borne Disease Laboratory Suffolk County Department of Health Services)
About East End Tick & Mosquito Control
East End tick and Mosquito Control has been the leader in Tick Bite prevention on eastern Long Island since 1997. Working From Moriches to Montauk, Wading River to Orient point and Shelter Island, Brian Kelly and his team specialize in environmentally responsible tick control programs using state of the art specialized equipment and proven techniques to keep your family friends and pets safe from ticks and the diseases they carry. Brian is an active member of the Suffolk County Tick advisory committee, a supporter and tick bite prevention partner with the Regional Tick- Borne Disease Resource Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, a supporter of the Empire State Lyme Disease Association, co-creator of Tick-Wise Education, teaching children and adults how to prevent and properly deal with tick bites.