Tick Borne Diseases Task Force

Office Info

Office Information
Phone570-296-3569
Contact Emailbsnyder@pikepa.org
Tick Task Force PhotoIntroduction

Pike County Tick Borne Diseases Task Force and the Pike County Commissioners have joined forces to help prevent the spread of tick borne diseases. Together, we will work to educate the public about the prevalence and dangers of tick borne diseases, how to protect yourself from becoming infected, and how to enjoy your time outside. The Pike County Tick Borne Disease Task Force is focused on decreasing the number of tick borne accounts by building community awareness through education, support, and advocacy.

Meetings

Fourth Thursday of Each Month
(unless otherwise indicated)
10:00 a.m.
Commissioners Meeting Room

Or, via Zoom due to COVID-19

Email Brian Snyder for meeting login info.
Download the 2021 Meeting Dates

Pike County Tick-Borne Diseases Baseline Study


Tick Information for Kids



Environmental Partnership Award
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Tick Keys

Information

Symptoms

The early stages of tick borne diseases are usually marked by one or more of the following:

• Fatigue

• Rash

• Red bull's eye rash (Not every time)

• Numbness

• Chills

• Dizziness

• Fever

• Unsteady Walk

• Headache

• Confusion

• Muscle and joint pain

• Forgetfulness

• Swelling in joints

• Disorientation

• Abdominal pain

• Mood swings

• Nausea and vomiting

• Loss of appetite

• Shortness of breath

• Weakness

• Palpitations

• Loss of coordination

• Swollen lymph nodes

Prevention
To help prevent tick bites follow these simple steps:

  • Wear light colored clothing to help spot ticks that have crawled onto you.
  • Walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with grass or brush.
  • Remove leaves, leaf litter and brush around lawns and houses.
  • Preform frequent, thorough tick checks
  • To repel ticks, use products containing DEET for skin and Permethrin for clothes and gear or use natural oils that repel ticks
  • Gear and pets should be checked for ticks before bringing into automobiles and/or home
  • When home, tumble clothes in the dryer for 30 minutes to kill ticks
Testing/Analysis

East Stroudsburg University Wildlife DNA Laboratory

Education
For basic information about Lyme Disease please click the links below:
Tick Studies

Committee Members

Committee Members
  • Commissioner Matthew Osterberg
  • Commissioner Ron Schmalzle
  • Commissioner Steve Guccini
  • Rosemarie Schoepp (Chair)
  • Brian Snyder (Vice Chair)
  • Nicole Chinnici
  • Tammy DeLeo
  • Shannon DeVuyst
  • Mary Farley-Mell
  • Jill Gamboni
  • Krista Gromalski
  • Christopher Lordi
  • Dr. Cathleen Mattos
  • Dr. Robert Ollar
  • Ellen Scarisbrick
  • Kelly Stagen
  • Mackenzie Strunk

County / Task Force Liaisons

  • Mike Mrozinski
  • Brian Snyder

Links / Resources

Links / Resources