Events and Updates

Tick Academy 2022

UPDATE: Thanks to generous sponsors, there are three free spots available to attend the Tick Academy this Friday, June 24th! Email Leah McSherry at if interested in claiming a free spot.

Students receive 50% off by using code IPMstudent

Government/non-profit employees receive 25% off by using code IPMgovernment

Click here to register!

Please join the Tick IPM Working Group for the third annual Tick Academy! The Tick Academy is the premier event for researchers, educators, students, public health professionals, pest control professionals, public-space managers and citizen scientists interested in learning more about what they can do to stop the spread of ticks and tick-borne diseases in their communities. This in-person event will feature time in the field collecting ticks followed by hands-on tick identification in a lab setting.  


9:00 AM       Welcome, Leah McSherry

9:05 AM       Introduction to tick collection methods, Scott Larson PhD

9:30 AM       Transport to Field Site

10:00 AM    Field demonstration of tick collection and tick control methods, Scott Larson PhD

Site Selection

Setting up study area or transect

Tick dragging to collect questing ticks

Set-up of Tick Tubes/ Tick control systems (bait boxes)

Discussion of tick collection from animal hosts

Data Collection and recording and sample preservation

Noon             Lunch (provided)

1:00 PM       Lecture:  How to set up a tick surveillance program, Jon Oliver, PhD

1:30 PM       Lecture:  Tick-borne Diseases, Jon Oliver, PhD

2:00 PM       Laboratory Techniques:  Tick identification using a microscope, Scott Larson, PhD

3:00 PM       Discussion:  Resources for pathogen testing

3:15 PM       Question and Answer Period

3:45 PM       Closing


Scott Larson, PhD, Assistant Entomologist, Metropolitan Mosquito Control District

Scott Larson received his PhD in Entomology from UW-Madison where he studied ticks and tick-borne diseases in the forests of northern Wisconsin. He was hired as a postdoc for the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-borne Disease where he researched tick control strategies for homeowners.

Jon Oliver, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

Jon Oliver is a public health entomologist specializing in vector-borne diseases. His research expertise lies primarily in the relationship between ticks and emerging tick-borne pathogens relevant to human health.


Hodson Hall

1980 Folwell Ave

St. Paul, MN 55108

Rooms 480 & 485 (labs) and 490 (lecture)

There is metered street parking behind the building or Lot 106 in front of the building is available for the public to park. 

Suggested hotel:

The Tick IPM Working Group has reserved a block of rooms for June 23rd – June 25th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St Paul Downtown. Attendees will receive a $10 discount for a total rate of $123 until June 10th. If calling to make your reservation, mention you’re with the Tick Academy group. Or, you may make the reservation online via the following personalized registration link:

The Tick Academy is proudly sponsored by Mainely Ticks, Tick Box Tick Control System and the North Central IPM Center.  

Click here to register for the

Tick Academy.

On the second Wednesday of every month from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST, the Public Tick IPM Working Group hosts a free webinar about ticks and integrated tick management. Email Leah McSherry at if interested in attending.

A recording of the webinar will be available in the “Meeting Minutes” tab of this website. Email Leah McSherry at  if you would like to be notified of these monthly presentations and when recordings become available. 

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