Tick Notes

Entomologist David Simser, Cape and Island's tick and Lyme disease specialist, dies at 57

TickEncounter Resource Center is sad to note the untimely passing of a true TICK GUY – entomologist David Simser from the Barnstable MA Cooperative Extension. Trained as a forest entomologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dave later became the Cape and Islands tick specialist, helping to establish a tick surveillance and tick control research and extension program for Cape Cod. He loved working with ticks and was a passionate promoter of tick bite protection and Lyme disease prevention

David Simser

"Simser made people laugh. He impressed them with his generous nature and open-door home, his love of dogs, and his unparalleled knowledge of the Cape and Islands' nature and conservation areas. In the days just before his death, he still cared about specific, detailed news of the region's tick population, and he held a special place in his heart for ladybugs and monarch butterflies, Amaral said." Story on capecodonline.com By Mary Ann Bragg

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