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    Vector ecologist Holly Tuten stands under a tree and buttons up her white coveralls.

    Vector ecologist Holly Tuten wears permethrin-treated coveralls over her clothes to prevent ticks from biting her.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky

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  • Holly Tuten is a vector ecologist in the Illinois Natural History Survey’s Medical Entomology Lab. The INHS is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

    For more information about ticks and mosquitos encountered in Illinois, or to report or share specimens with the experts, visit the Medical Entomology Program reporting and information page.

    * Permethrin is registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which evaluated its efficacy and safety.

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