Media Advisory: State Health Commissioner to Drag for Ticks, Demonstrate Prevention of Tick Bites

In recognition of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, on Thursday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the Vischer Ferry Preserve in the Town of Clifton Park, Saratoga County, State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will conduct a tick collecting exercise and demonstrate how to avoid tick bites to prevent the transmission of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

Dr. Daines will demonstrate proper clothing and use of insect repellants, as well as removal of ticks from the skin. He will also "drag for ticks," a technique used to collect ticks for Lyme disease testing as part of Department of Health (DOH) surveillance for Lyme disease.

WHO: NYS Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D.; Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett; Janet L. Glenn, Director of Public Health, Saratoga County Public Health Department; DOH staff.

WHAT: Demonstrate proper use of clothing, insect repellants and removal of ticks, followed by a "dragging for ticks" exercise to collect ticks for testing. The technique involves dragging a piece of white fabric through vegetation to simulate an animal brushing up against the vegetation. Ticks are then picked off the fabric.

WHERE: Vischer Ferry Preserve in the Town of Clifton Park, Saratoga County. Directions: Take Northway (I-87) to Exit 8. Drive west on Crescent Road (Rte 92) for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Van Vranken Road and continue until it ends at Riverview Road. Turn right onto Riverview Road. You will see the main entrance to the Preserve on the left.

WHEN: Thursday, May 20, at 10 a.m.

Note: Media planning to attend are requested to RSVP by contacting the DOH Press Office at 518-474-7354, ext.1, or emailing or