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May - Began the Long Island Tick Study to provide a more accurate assessment of tick presence on Long Island. The frequency of our sightings will help all of us be better prepared when going outside, whether at home or in the field.
"My experience with cedar oil is very good. It does not kill ticks on contact but will kill them before they can get into your skin sufficiently to do any damage. My first experience was in East Hampton where on a spring weekend I was cutting invasives on my private property and had removed over a dozen ticks in a 5 hour period following the work I did. I did not use the Cedar oil spray. The next weekend, when there were sure to be even more ticks, my husband and I were in the same bushes and neither of us had even one tick - we used cedar oil that day. Then this past spring I was cutting out invasives from my yard. I was wearing the cedar oil. I had two ticks that I took off in the first hour. About two hours later, I felt a tick on my back. My husband took it off. It was barely imbedded and very dead. I have not found a single live tick on me since I started using cedar oil." - Jane Fasullo
Elizabeth Casey, NYS Licensed Acupuncturist contributed this article: Information and Resources for Living in a World with Ticks
Quality Parks started selling tick bite prevention sprays at the Port Jefferson Farmers Market, while spending countless hours educating folks about tick bite prevention.
Governor Cuomo has asked the Department of Health to establish a new working group to consider policy changes, one of which is tick control methods on state public lands . Unless Suffolk County Department of Health declares tick bites to be an imminent threat SC parklands will be left out of Governor Cuomo's tick bite prevention efforts.  - Governor Cuomo Announces Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Control Plan (05/15/18)
November - Quality Parks met with NYS Senator LaValle to request a legislative definition on what is considered an emergency, with respect to tick bites. We made the initial inquiry for a meeting back in July. We also contacted CDC for a definition of imminent threat.
Thank you for your inquiry. The term “imminent threat” has legal meaning which may differ from place to place, so we cannot comment on what your local jurisdiction has defined this term to mean. Tick bites are indeed a public health problem that warrants concern. - - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Division of Vector-Borne Diseases | Bacterial Diseases Branch
October - Quality Parks requested a presentation from Suffolk County Public Works Department Division of Vector Control. With poor signup attendance, we received the following information instead.
September - Quality Parks President, Mindy Block, writes an article suggesting that Tick Bites be considered an emergency: Hurricanes, Mosquitoes, and Why Not Tick Bites?
October - Ken Kindler contributed this article: The Pine Barrens Would Be Paradise, If Only There Weren’t Ticks
March - The Master Naturalist program incorporated tick bite prevention education section into the Quality Parks Master Naturalist - Orientation Module