Launching the Guardians Against Ticks Campaign: A United Front Against Tick-Borne Diseases

Bug Bite Thing
is proud to announce its “Guardians Against Ticks” initiative in partnership with the Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) which aims to educate individuals about the most common and fastest growing vector-borne disease in the U.S. Though Lyme Disease Awareness Month has ended, our mission to promote safer outdoor experiences and spread vital knowledge about tick prevention continues year-round.

The Threat of Ticks

The Threat of Ticks

Ticks, carriers of Lyme disease and other infections, pose a growing public health threat. Our campaign with GLA aims to educate on self-protection, family and pet safety, and proper tick removal techniques, empowering the community with the knowledge and tools necessary for proactive prevention and management of tick bites.

Kelley Higney, Bug Bite Thing Founder & CEO, highlights the importance of public awareness: "Through our partnerships, we provide accessible expert advice and resources on Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses."

Global Lyme Alliance CEO Laura MacNeill states, "Our collaboration with Bug Bite Thing represents a groundbreaking approach to tick-borne disease prevention. By merging scientific knowledge with innovative solutions, we are committed to raising public awareness and safety against tick-borne illnesses. Together, we are building a proactive defense for community health."

Meet Our Guardians Against Ticks

Meet our Guardians Against Ticks

  • Global Lyme Alliance (GLA): A leading 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through research, awareness, and patient empowerment. GLA funds urgent research and expands education and awareness programs. Learn more at

  • Dr. Thomas Mather: Dr. Mather, known as "The TickGuy," is prominent in tick research and public education. He directs the University of Rhode Island's TickEncounter Resource Center, a leading source of information and engagement on tick-bite prevention. With over 30 years in the field, Dr. Mather has authored numerous scientific publications and received several awards for his work in vector-borne disease prevention.

  • Dr. Stephen Rich: Dr. Stephen Rich, a Microbiology Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Executive Director of the New England Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (NEWVEC). was created by a federal research grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The mission of NEWVEC is to conduct operational research to determine how to reduce tick and mosquito bites and to train the next generation of public health entomologists.

  • TickReport: The trusted leader in tick testing since 2006, TickReport provides precise tick testing services, offering essential data for appropriate medical and preventive actions against tick-borne pathogens.

  • “Tick Man Dan” Wolff: A Tick product inventor and four-time patent holder, Dan Wolff helps enhance our educational outreach with practical knowledge to help you and your pets reduce the risk of bites and potential infections with effective and safe tick removal.

Empowering Community Action

Empowering Community Action

Join the Guardians Against Ticks community to help reduce tick exposure and prevent tick-borne diseases:

  • Stay Informed: Visit our campaign page at for the latest prevention techniques and insights. Access articles, videos, and infographics designed to demystify tick biology and effective prevention strategies.

  • Steps Against Ticks Initiative: Promoting the #BeTickAWARE™ initiative, Bug Bite Thing and GLA empower communities with knowledge about Lyme disease prevention and tick safety. They introduce the Steps Against Ticks campaign with Charity Footprints, aiming to raise $25,000. Participants can walk, run, or jog towards a future free of tick-related diseases.

Our comprehensive campaign aims to safeguard health and enhance outdoor safety year-round. By collaborating with distinguished partners and fostering community engagement, we transform the landscape of tick prevention and control.

Stand with us against ticks by visiting, exploring our partners' contributions, and making a difference in fostering safer environments.

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