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How to stay tick free this spring

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

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Along with the rich greens and beautiful blossoms of spring come the bugs — it's officially tick season. Zach Shumm of the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Lab tells us all about ticks: how to avoid them, some of the risks associated with tick bites and what to do if you get a bite.

Then Aaron Steil joins the program, and he and Zach answer listener gardening and arachnid questions.


  • Zach Schumm, ISU insect diagnostician, director of the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic
  • Aaron Steil, Extension consumer horticulture specialist at ISU
Talk of Iowa Horticulture
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Aaron Steil is a Consumer Horticulture Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. Aaron contributes his expertise to the Garden Variety podcast and newsletter and to Talk of Iowa's Horticulture Day program.
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio