Ticks, mosquitoes and the many diseases they can transmit to humans will be the focus of a presentation Wednesday, May 22, at Nicolet College by a leading researcher from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The free event will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Nicolet College Theatre located in the Lakeside Center.

For decades, Susan Paskewitz, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology at UW-Madison, has been studying these blood sucking anthropods and their impact on human health.

Along with some “fun facts” about these typically vilified creatures, Paskewitz will discuss the current picture for disease risks in the state and concerns for new invasive species. She’ll also provide information about what works for personal protection as well as strategies available for controlling these pests on properties.

Along with Lyme disease, ticks transmit a host of other diseases including anaplasmosis, babesiosis, spotted fevers, and the powassan virus. Mosquitoes have their own suite of maladies that include West Nile virus, LaCrosse encephalitis, heartworm and chikungunya fever, the latter fortunately being rare.

Paskewitz joined the faulty at UW-Madison in 1991 and before that worked for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. She and others in her lab conduct research and outreach to the general public with a focus on the development of pest control methods that are as effective as possible while minimizing impact on the environment in general.

Along with conducting research, she also teaches courses in medical entomology, insect pest suppression, and global health.

The presentation is being sponsored by Learning in Retirement at Nicolet, the Northern Highland Wisconsin Area Health Education Center, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For more information, contact Learning in Retirement at lir@nicoletcollege.edu or call 715-365-4491, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4491; TTY 1-800-947-3529 or 711 relay.

Nicolet College is one mile south of Rhinelander just off of Hwy. G.