Welcome to the Mainely Ticks Educational Website
Celebrating our 11th year of protecting people and pets!
April 19, 2015
~ Deer Ticks...A growing, year-round concern.
It's April vacation...kids are out, and so are the ticks...is your family protected? Did you know that children ages 5-14 have the highest incidence of Lyme disease? Source: CDC
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.
When talking to people who have been diagnosed with Lyme or other tick-borne diseases, they'll tell you that they wish they had known how debilitating tick-borne illnesses were and how a combination of education & awareness could have lessened the chances of contracting the diseases in the first place.
Our educational brochure includes information on tick identification, removal and submission. Print the full color brochure panels (PDF)
~ Dramatically Revised Lyme Disease Statistics Raise New Questions About Risk!
August 20, 2013 PBS News Hour Report with Gwen Ifill.
A 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease each year, 10 times the amount previously believed by health officials. View Video.
~ DownEast Magazine.
Tick Check. August, 2013. Maine has the nation's third highest rate of Lyme disease, but the illness remains misunderstood and often misdiagnosed. Read article.
~ Got ticks? We can help!
There's nothing more important than the health and well being of your family. If you've ever removed a tick from yourself, family member or pet, you know how important it is to have the right tools available immediately, whether at home or on the trail.
~ ProTickMe Kit...New configuration...New Price...$9.95
We've streamlined our ProTickMe kit to include:
Mainely Ticks announces the availability of precision fine pointed tweezers, the same tweezers found in our ProTickMe kit. Made from stainless steel, the micro pointed tips, coupled with the built-in magnifying lens, makes this the BEST tool to safely remove even the smallest tick, splinter or thorn.
In the opened position, the focal point of the magnifying lens and the micro points of the tweezers align to provide you with the ultimate in dexterity and detail.
Experts agree that the prompt and proper removal of an attached tick lessen the chances of acquiring Lyme disease and/or other tick borne illnesses. If you've ever removed a tick from yourself, family member or pet, you'll appreciate the precision and ease of use that these tweezers afford. Consider a pair for your medicine cabinet or backpack.
The ProTickMe tweezers are conveniently packaged in a plastic pouch for storage, accompanied by a FREE full color tick identification guide. Retail price of only $6.95.
Since 2004, Mainely Ticks has been a leader in promoting tick education and awareness. We have distributed over 58,000 tick identification guides and hosted a number of educational forums and workshops for residents in Southern Maine. Our new ProTickMe initiative extends our educational outreach.
~ When it comes to tick-borne illnesses, prevention is the best prescription!
~ New: Maine Tracking Network
Excellent resource for tables, charts, trend charts, maps and more. Valuable resource for Maine Residents!
Mainely Ticks 30 Second Public Service Announcement
Spring 2013 News Video:
Mild weather leads to more bugs. Watch video produced by WMTW, Channel 8. Click here to view.
As professional educators, the work Bob & Barb do in raising the level of education & awareness of tick-borne illnesses is phenomenal and does a great service to the community at large. Remember, the original meaning of the Latin phrase "Docere" means "Doctor as Teacher". Hence, I personally feel their titles should be Dr. Bob and Barb Maurais!
We've had a Mainely Ticks identification card for years. I can't tell you how many times we've used it to figure out if what was crawling on us was actually a deer tick. I just got the ProTickMe kit and that very afternoon I found what I thought was a tick on my cat. I grabbed the special tweezers with the magnifier and sure enough it was a tick, which I was able to remove easily-and correctly, thanks to the easy to understand tick removal instructions. Many thanks to Mainely Ticks.
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."