People, parks and ticks

The goal of this project is to evaluate the risk of tick exposure in the most frequently used areas in parks, how the park visitors protect themselves from tick bites and what we can do to increase the protection from ticks.

Project lead: Erin Hasset, MS Candidate (Cornell Univ.)

Do you like to be outdoors? Do you love to go to parks? Wouldn’t you like to enjoy summer at your local park without worrying about being bitten by a tick? This project on Staten Island, in collaboration with Cornell University, is geared towards looking at how people are utilizing certain areas within public parks. With this information, we are interested in collecting ticks in areas where the majority of park visitors like to be recreationally and asking these visitors about their knowledge of ticks and tick-borne diseases. One of our main goals is to learn how the park visitors protect themselves from tick bites and what we can do to increase the protection of park visitors from ticks and tick-related diseases.