The following press release was issued by the Department of Environmental Management on Monday, Sept. 28:
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is announcing that two exotic species of Asian and Eurasian ticks have been detected for the first time on Block Island. The ticks were discovered by Dr. Danielle M Tufts, then an associate research scientists at Columbia University, as part of a research program conducted by Dr. Maria Diuk-Wasser’s research group on Block Island since 2010. It was confirmed by DNA and morphological characteristics that they are ticks not previously found in Rhode Island.
Read more on the Block Island Times website