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TickTalk with TickReport Webinars

Welcome to our TickTalk with TickReport Webinar Series

A FREE series brought to you by the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology and UMass Extension

Each month we will hear from Dr. Stephen Rich and the Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ)! TickTalk in 2020 featured exciting guest speakers on tick topics that you told us were important to YOU. These topics in 2020 include seasonality and life stages of ticks (key to planning intervention and prevention), emerging or invasive tick species, how ticks use vegetation and leaf litter throughout their life cycle, increasing fears of Alpha-gal allergies (allergies to certain meat and animal-related products), dispelling myths of tick control, and many more. Mosquito concerns, including life cycle, behavior, and EEE infection, are also addressed and Dr. Rich discusses the tens of thousands of mosquitoes the LMZ tests each year for a range of viruses. Recordings of these webinars are listed below. Tune in on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for upcoming live webinars! 

Preregistration is required to access the webinars. To be notified of upcoming webinar dates and topics, join our e-mail list at:

TICK TESTING: TickReport at the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology is temporarily closed due to furloughs until the end of December 2020. They will resume accepting tick samples for testing in January. For more details on how to submit samples, go to

2021 WEBINAR SCHEDULE - 2nd Wednesday of the month

Check back for upcoming topics in 2021.

ARCHIVED WEBINARS (see links below)