URI professor’s TickSpotters program provides timely risk assessment

DR. JOHN TORRES, NBC Nightly News medical correspondent, at left, uses a magnifying glass to examine a poppy seed bagel, on which deer ticks have been placed, in the laboratory of University of Rhode Island professor Tom Mather, a nationally renowned tick expert and director of the URI Center for Vector-Borne Disease. Mather shows Torres deer ticks in the nymph stage are about the size of a poppy seed. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND/NORA LEWIS
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A prodigious tick season has been predicted by University of Rhode Island professor of entomology Tom Mather, but he warns against panic thanks to a URI-developed TickSpotters program. To help identify the number of ticks in the area, take a photo of a tick found on your clothing or skin with your…

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