• Maine September 30, 2022 7:11 pm

    Concerns About Rising Rates of Tick-Borne Illness in Maine

    The state has seen an increase in illnesses including Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Powassan virus

  • ticks September 30, 2022 7:12 pm

    Concerns About Rising Rates of Tick-Borne Illness in Maine

    The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people who live and visit the state to avoid tick bites as data indicates the state has either broken records for certain tick-borne illnesses or is on track to break them. In a news release sent to media on Thursday, the agency said officials said four cases of Powassan virus…

  • Maine May 19, 2022 12:48 pm

    Maine Moose Survey Finds Record High Death Rate From Ticks

    Infestations of ticks contributed to a record high death rate for young moose tracked by wildlife managers in rural Maine. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife collared 70 moose calves in remote parts of the state last winter and 60 of them had died by the beginning of May, Maine Public reported. The 86% mortality rate was the highest…

  • ticks May 5, 2022 4:57 pm

    How to Prevent Tick Bites

    Ticks are known to spread various diseases through bites, and these are the recommendations from the CDC to prevent them.

  • Powassan virus May 5, 2022 10:24 am

    What is Powassan Virus?

    Powassan virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected tick.

  • Maine April 20, 2022 8:01 pm

    Maine Resident Dies of Rare Tick-Borne Virus

    Maine public health officials are urging people in the state to take certain precautions in order to prevent tick bites after a person there died of Powassan virus. The rare illness is tick-borne, transmitted in bites from woodchuck or deer ticks and can cause severe health problems like brain and spinal inflammation, along with vomiting, fever and seizures. According to…

  • ticks February 14, 2022 2:15 pm

    More Ticks Test Positive for Lyme Disease in Maine

    The University of Maine’s tick lab found that a higher percentage of ticks tested positive for the pathogen that causes Lyme disease last year than the previous year. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Tick Lab said recently that the rate of infection for Lyme disease grew by almost 6%. The 2021 rate was a little more than 42% while…

  • New England November 22, 2021 1:17 pm

    Warmer Summers Worsen Tick Infestations for US Moose, Study Finds

    It’s a ghastly sight: ticks by tens of thousands burrowed into a moose’s broad body, sucking its lifeblood as the agonized host rubs against trees so vigorously that much of its fur wears away. Winter tick infestation is common with moose across the northern U.S. — usually survivable for adults but less so for calves, and miserable either way....

  • Maine Center for Disease Control June 29, 2021 2:54 pm

    1st Case of Powassan Tick Virus Reported in Maine This Year

    The first case this year of a potentially fatal tick-born virus has been discovered in Maine, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The Powassan virus — caused by the bites of infected deer ticks or woodchuck ticks — can result in fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures and memory loss, according to the Maine CDC. It…

  • Lyme disease June 18, 2021 10:08 am

    Experts Predict Explosive Tick Season This Year: How to Stay Safe

    This year may be bringing the perfect storm when it comes to deer tick numbers and the danger of Lyme disease and some other scary illnesses the nasty little bloodsuckers bring.

  • Rhode Island May 30, 2021 1:43 pm

    Rhode Island Officials Warn of Lyme Disease Dangers

    Rhode Island health and environmental officials are urging residents to take precautions this summer to prevent contact with the ticks that cause Lyme disease. A relatively mild winter during which many more ticks than usual have likely survived until spring means that 2021 may be a bad year for ticks and the transmission of tick-borne diseases, the state’s departments of…

  • Maine May 23, 2021 9:31 am

    Ticks Are Sending More People to the ER in Maine This Year

    A late-summer drought virtually eliminated ticks in parts of New England but they’re back with a vengeance this spring. Dog ticks, which do not carry Lyme disease like deer ticks do, have been especially active since early spring in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. And people who’ve been getting outdoors because of the pandemic are discovering the arachnids on...

  • the ten May 21, 2021 11:33 pm

    Up-Tick: Tips for Staying Safe in a Worse Than Average Tick Season

    We are in the midst of one of the worst tick seasons ever. Experts have advice to protect yourself and your pets from the Lyme disease-carrying pests.

  • ticks May 22, 2021 2:33 pm

    Amid a Worse Tick Season Than Usual, Experts Have This Advice

    It’s tick season, and some doctors in New Hampshire are fielding more calls in the last two months than ever before. While the blood-sucking, disease-carrying arachnids are a problem every year, Dr. Matthew Mitschele says this season, ticks seem to be hitching a ride and grabbing a meal on humans at a higher rate. “Over the last month or...

  • Maine May 20, 2021 5:43 pm

    How to Protect Yourself From Ticks This Season

    Health officials are warning the public about a spike in the tick population.

  • ticks May 9, 2021 9:09 pm

    Maine Residents Should Prepare for Active Tick Season

    Public health authorities in Maine expect a very active tick season this year and are advising residents and visitors take precautions. Health care providers reported more than 1,100 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2020. That was a lower number than the record year that preceded it, but Maine…

  • ticks April 11, 2021 6:02 pm

    More Moose Hunting Will Reduce Ticks, Biologists Say

    Some wildlife biologists in northern New England hope that increasing the number of moose taken by hunters this fall will help protect the herd from ticks and lead to healthier animals. In Vermont, the state is planning to issue 100 permits for the October hunt, up from 55 last year and zero in 2019. In Maine, the number of moose…

  • New England September 13, 2020 8:27 am

    Dry Summer Brings Blessed Relief From Biting Insects

    Many folks have been spending more time outdoors during the pandemic, and fortunately there were fewer bugs around to bite them. Dry conditions across parts of the Northeast led to a dramatic drop in bitty biters like mosquitoes and ticks this summer, officials said. That’s leading to an anticipated reduction in bug-borne diseases. In Maine, the preliminary number of...

  • insect repellents June 3, 2020 4:57 pm

    Finding the Best Insect Repellent

    With summer quickly approaching, we will be spending more time outdoors and the threat of diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes will be greater. Consumer Reports looked at the best insect repellents to keep you safer.

  • allergies March 13, 2020 11:04 pm

    Warm Late-Winter Weather Brings Health Problems Too

    Sudden temperature increases bring out ticks and trigger allergies, doctors say.

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