Conservancy donates tick keys, a safe and easy way to remove these disease-carrying pests

Milford. The tick keys are available to the public while supplies last at several locations in Pike County. A $5 donation is requested.

| 18 Dec 2019 | 01:26

The Pike County Tick Borne Diseases Task Force recently received a gift of 100 tick keys from the Hemlock Farms Conservancy.

The tick keys are used for easy tick removal, and are safe for adults, children, and pets. They are available to the public while supplies last through several county locations, including:

● Community Planning, 837 Route 6, Unit 3, Shohola

● Pike County Conservation District, 556 Route 402, Blooming Grove

● Treasurer’s Office, 506 Broad St., Milford

A $5 donation is requested. Proceeds will benefit the Task Force, which is focused on decreasing the number of tick-borne illnesses by building community awareness through education, support, and advocacy.

“The Pike County Board of Commissioners along with the Pike County Tick Borne Diseases Task Force would like to extend a thank you to the Hemlock Farms Conservancy for their gracious donation of Tick Keys,” said Commissioner Chairman Matthew Osterberg. “These will fund our continuing efforts in education, prevention, and support for Pike County residents to bring awareness to tick borne diseases.”

The Hemlock Farms Conservancy is a non-profit organization with a mission is to protect, preserve, conserve and sustain the water, air, land, forest, wildlife, and other natural resources of Hemlock Farms and its environs in partnership with Hemlock Farms Community Association members.

For more information about the Tick Borne Diseases Task Force visit or contact Brian Snyder at or 570-296-3569.

Do ticks die in winter?
Ticks survive winter by going dormant, latching onto a host, or hiding in the leaf litter present in the wooded or brushy areas they tend to populate.
Snow only serves to insulate dormant ticks, which are protected by the layer of debris. Some types of ticks can be active if the temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit and the ground is not wet or icy.
The American dog tick is not typically active during fall and winter . Blacklegged ticks, which carry Lyme disease, remain active as long as the temperature is above freezing.
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