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Online tick course now available via Extension

5/16/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

COLUMBUS — To help Ohioans learn more about ticks and how to keep people and pets safe, The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension has developed an online course that teaches about tick biology, tick identification and tick-borne diseases.

“With the warmer weather, ticks will be active and looking to feed,” said Glen Needham, an entomologist and tick expert with the OSU Extension.

Developed by Needham and Denise Ellsworth, director of the Department of Entomology’s Honey Bee and Native Pollinator Program, the course is geared toward gardeners, hunters, veterinary professionals, Extension professionals and others engaged in outdoor activities or education.

The not-for-credit course consists of videos, self-paced lessons, quizzes and Internet resources and takes about three hours to complete, Ellsworth said. The cost is $10.

The course is available through eXtension, the national Extension system’s website, at campus.exten sion.org. To get started, participants will need to create an account at eXtension. The course can be found in the “Yard and Garden” category.

For more information, contact Ellsworth at ellsworth.2@osu.edu or 330-263-3723.

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