East End Tick & Mosquito Control and the Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital are unveiling “Tick Awareness” signs at Mashashimuet Park on Saturday, May 7th at 10 am. The signs will be at the head of both trails in the park that lead to the Long Pond Greenbelt and there will be additional signs throughout the park. The Park will also be unveiling two new kiosks that will be at the same spot as the signs. The kiosks will house tick spray and tick information which will be available to anyone who utilizes the trails.
Brian Kelly, owner of East End Tick & Mosquito Control offered his professional advice to Mashashimuet Park prior to their first 5k. The race was run primarily through their trails last September and runners were also provided with tick sprays prior to the race. Mashashimuet Park did not hear of any tick encounters post-race, so they had the idea to install tick awareness signs and offer tick spray to their patrons at all times. Brian will be providing the signs and his colleagues, Karen Wulffraat and Rebecca Young from the Tick-Borne Disease Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital will help with the unveiling and speak about their efforts in tick disease awareness, the resource center, the collaborations they have with partners in the community and their goals for 2022. They will also bring tick removal kits, handbooks and ID cards for attendees.