Tick catchers needed for study
Excerpted from The Register Guard ( Posted: 05/31/2010 )
The Oregon Lyme Disease Network has begun collecting ticks around Oregon for a study to test the frequency in which the tiny animals carry Lyme disease. Collection and testing will take place in Eugene in early June, and health officials are looking for volunteers to help with the task.
Volunteers asked to collect ticks at a designated outdoor locale will do so in a couple of ways, Denham said. The first is “flagging” for ticks by tying cloth or other material to plants where ticks and their larvae are found. The other method is baiting the ticks with carbon dioxide traps. Dry ice traps are set in an area that may contain ticks, and the carbon dioxide emanating from the dry ice draws in ticks. This method is used less often because of its ineffectiveness for catching certain kinds of ticks.