Researchers at the University of Maine are working to determine which ticks are dangerous to humans.
The insects can carry potentially life threatening illnesses, such as Lyme disease.
Recently, the cooperative extension program adopted the state’s tick identification lab.
Portland’s Maine Medical Center cut the program because of funding issues in December.
Orono’s Plant and Insect Diagnostic Lab is expanding their services to help clients, exposed to the bugs, know if they should seek medical help.
Jim Dill, a pest management specialist, says, “If we actually go ahead and find out it is one of the ticks that could cause a problem for your health then, you know, our recommendation is to go back and talk to your medical doctor.”
Researchers hope the lab can provided peace of mind for people exposed to ticks.
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