Cooperative Extension takes on tick i.d. for the state

ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An extra 15-hundred ticks are expected to pass through the tick lab at the University of Maine in 2014.

They will be the only tick identification lab in the state, as the Maine Medical center in Portland was forced to eliminate the service in December due to funding deficits.

Pest Management Specialist Jim Dill says the lab is excited for the opportunity, and they will be ready for the increased workload which included additional training in their preparation.

He also says it's the beginning of bigger things to come for the lab.

"The university is looking to get a bond issue passed this fall and that bond issue will actually pull together the insect identification, plant identification and animal diagnostic lab on campus and put us all in one building. It will be a unique lab across the country, this will be the only one," said Dill.

The tick identifications will cost $10, which will be used to cover the costs of supplies.


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