In the past, only two types of tick species were commonly found in our area, but that number has recently increased to four.

The Dog tick, Wood tick, Lone Star tick, and Asian Longhorned tick can now be found in Pennsylvania.

Recent studies have linked these ticks to several invasive plant species in our region, including the multiflora rose and the Japanese barberry bush.

We spoke with representatives from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) about their efforts to manage this issue.

“We actually have a project this summer, where we will be spraying 46 acres for invasive plant species, to cut down on the tick population,” stated Cody Miller, Chapman State Park Manager:

While these efforts may help, experts still recommend preventative measures including using insect repellent and covering exposed skin, to prevent tick bites and other nuisance insects.

If you do find a tick, there is a program in place for testing. The East Stroudsburg University runs a Tick Research Lab, offering free testing for Pennsylvania residents.

“In Pennsylvania there is a Tick Lab run by East Stoudsburg University," stated Cecile Stelter, DCNR Forest District Manager. "What they are doing is trying to get more information on tick distribution, disease distribution and where and how people pick up ticks.”

It is the hope of environmental specialists that with preventative measures and more studies, they will be able to suppress tick populations and the spread of disease.

Experts encourage everyone to go out and enjoy the great outdoors, but to be safe and take precautions when exploring.

For more information on the East Stroudsburg University’s Tick Lab, visit here.