Ticks are found close to the ground and cannot jump or fly.
They are attracted to human body heat and the carbon dioxide we exhale.
The prevalence of Lyme disease in Maine is 8 times greater than the national average and last month the Maine CDC released a state-wide health advisory to alert the public about this health concern.
Deer ticks are found on white-tailed deer and white-footed mice.
Unfortunately, the pleasures of being outside also put us at for tick exposure. " The bagged tick was solid dark brown with black legs, about the size of a sesame seed.
Deer ticks are a major concern as they carry several tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease, babesiosis and anaplasmosis. Last week she came into the clinic carrying a plastic bag in which a tiny dark tick was crawling. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in North America.
A record high of 1100 cases was reported in 2012 and Lyme disease is already being reported for 2013.Lyme disease is most common in school-age children, middle-aged adults and adults over age 65.