Published in the May 12, 2016 edition

NORTH READING — The North Reading Health Department and the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project will be hosting a community public health informative and educational presentation on the biology of mosquitoes and ticks, the diseases that they carry, what is being done to control mosquitoes, a review of attempts to develop community approaches to tick management and preventive actions that North Reading homeowners can do on their own property.

The presentation will be Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in town hall, Room 14

The North Reading health department is pleased to present Dr. Doug Bidlack, entomologist for the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project who will present information and education on the following;

• East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project survey and control program for North Reading.

• The biology of mosquitoes and ticks found in North Reading.

• The diseases associated with mosquitos and ticks.

• West Nile Virus (WNV), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE or “Triple E”). Dr. Bidlack will also comment on Zika virus, Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and deer tick virus.

• Various approaches toward reducing the risk of tick borne diseases

• Preventive actions that homeowners can take against mosquitoes and ticks on their own property.

Doug Bidlack has a Ph.D. in Entomology from Clemson University and has been the entomologist at the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project since 2000.