Nick McWilliams reporting – With spring well under way, tick season is set to ramp up.

Known to carry various illnesses, ticks are most well-known to transmit Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne disease affecting the United States.

The insect, a part of the arachnid family, can latch onto passing animals and humans before eventually finding warm spots and biting down to draw blood to feed.

In order to better equip residents against ticks, TuscParks, New Philadelphia High School, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and The Ohio State University Extension are hosting an informational event at the high school.

Experts will be on hand to answer questions and offer insight on the insects, as well as how to prevent bites and limit exposure.

The panel will be held April 12th in the high school, and includes OSU Assistant Professor of Entomology Dr. Megan Meuti, New Philadelphia High School Tick Research Project Leader Kip Brady, Physician Jeffery Burrier, and the New Philadelphia High School Lyme Disease Research Team.

Pre-registration is encouraged at for preparation of handout materials.

For more, dial (330) 365-3278.

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