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New York teacher invents a tick collection machine

KIRKVILLE (WSYR-TV) -

Jason Dean left an engineering career to become a science and technology teacher.

But over the summer months, when he's not teaching at Union Springs, he can't shake the engineering bug.

He's invented a tick collection machine - inspired when his niece got Lyme Disease.

"My niece being an athlete, was very troubling to see her partially specifically as a result of such a tiny insect," Dean said.

The first step of the machine involves homeowners rolling a device along the grass, with a soft fabric that attracts the ticks. Then, a vacuum-like machine is used to suck the ticks into a tank of water.

In the tank, a light kills the bugs and disinfects any diseases.

Dean has patents pending on his machine and hopes investors will help him mass produce it for sale.


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