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Next time you see a tick in Missouri, don't scream, toss it in the mail

Next time you see a tick in Missouri, don't scream, toss it in the mail

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Missouri conservation officials are asking people to save the ticks they come across while tromping through the woods and toss them in the mail.

The Missouri Department of Conservation and A.T. Still University in Kirksville have partnered in a two-year research study. It begins this month and will conclude in September 2022, the Springfield News-Leader reports.

The goal is to better understand statewide distribution of tick species and the pathogens they carry. Some of the pathogens can make people sick.

“We need the help of many Missourians around the state,” said Matt Combes, MDC Ecological Health Unit Science Supervisor, in a news release. “Participation by many ‘citizen scientists’ is vital in helping us collect enough data at a scale unattainable by MDC and University scientists alone.”

Ticks can be kept alive while they are shipped to the university by being placed in a plastic zip-topped bag with a damp paper towel or cotton ball. Residents also should download a form and fill in where they found the tick.

Ticks carry several deadly diseases, so it’s important to regularly check for and remove them from your dog. Ticks can be tricky to find so here are five places you should always check for ticks on your dog. Dogs are curious creatures, so it’s important to always check their head and ears. Ticks usually hide in places where they can’t be found. This is why it’s good to check in between your dog’s toes. Don’t forget to check the tail, as ticks love dark, moist areas. The eyelids are a place that many dog owners may forget to check. However, ticks can easily be mistaken for skin tags or eye discharge. If your dog wears a collar then it's a good idea to regularly take it off to check for ticks that may have hidden underneath it.

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