Welcome to the Mainely Ticks Educational Website
Celebrating our 12th year of protecting people and pets!
May 3, 2016
2016...Spring is here, and so are the ticks! Prepare for an extended tick and mosquito season!
~Just removed a tick?
Wonder how long that tick was attached? Click here to view an excellent resource from TickEncounter.org, the premier educational website in the US!
Mainely Ticks is proud to be an Enhanced Level Parter of TickEncounter.org.
~Free Tick Testing Now Available Across the U.S.
The Bay Area Lyme Foundation of California recently announced an important and timely initiative that will assist individuals with identifying whether ticks, attached or simply collected, are infected with a number of vector-borne pathogens. For more information on this FREE program, and to print-out the tick submission form, click here.
Not only will you be emailed the results within 7-10 busness days of their receiving the tick (Northern Arizona University), but you'll also be an important part of a scientific research study to gather data about ticks from all over North America.
Note: Mainely Ticks has no affiliation with the various tick testing programs listed on our website. We are simply providing the information as a service.
~Mainely Ticks 2016 Educational Commercial
Fact: Children ages 5-14 have the highest incidence of Lyme disease. Source, CDC.
~Blacklegged Ticks Found in Half of U.S. Counties
Recent paper published on behalf of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) with specifics for each state, including graphical depiction of the increase since 1998. Take time to read this!
Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the range of these ticks is spreading, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology.
Deer ticks are active anytime the outdoor temperatures are above freezing. Absent snow cover, please perform a thorough tick check immediately after outdoor activity in proximity to ticks, especially on children and pets!
Please be certain to perform a thorough tick check after outdoor activities! Use the sensitivity of your finger tips to feel for the tiny nymph tick...they are so small you're apt to feel them before you see them! Check the scalp, behind the ears, neck, armpits, entire torso, belly button, groin, legs, behind the knees and if you've been barefoot, between the toes.
Get into the habit of running your hands across the entire surface of your body. A thorough tick check should take 45-60 seconds!
Protection from ticks can be as easy as getting dressed. One of the best ways to protect your family is to treat clothing with permethrin spray. Permethrin can be purchased at various locations including many sporting good stores. You can also have your own personal garments professionaly treated, and the efficacy will last for 70 laundering cycles. Click here for more information.
~ What really works against bug bites
Selected comments from our year-end 2014 Customer Survey.
"My daughter attended a session where Mainely Ticks spoke and handed out information. She has a daughter with Lyme and was very impressed."
"I always feel confident in your job, you are a company of integrity and honesty."
"You give me peace of mind that we are fighting to be sure our dogs never get Lyme disease again."
"Mainely Ticks is extremely dependable, honest and always provides the highest quality service. Jim and I cannot find enough positive adjectives to describe our experience with them."
"The company of Mainely Ticks has protected my property in Maine for many years - with what I think of as "caring, professionals" concerned for others."
"I deeply admire your work ethic and strong morals. You all do excellent work and are extremely knowledgeable."
"We provide daycare for our granddaughters and we have never had to worry about ticks in our yard. Our eldest granddaughter has several friends who love playing in our backyard and in our wooded area."
"Best money I spend every year."