April 30, 2016...Spring is here, and so are the ticks! Prepare for an extended tick and mosquito season!
~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
Consumer Reports reveals new, safer options to keep mosquitoes and ticks at bay.Read Article
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.
Please contact your U.S. Senators and encourage them to support this legislation. Click here for the link to leave a message for your Senators.
Your support is vital as we look to move this legislation forward. Thanks in advance for your participation.
~ 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.
~ Tick Identification, Removal, and Submission Kit ~ $9.95
We've streamlined our tick removal kit to include:
Magnified fine pointed tweezers.
Two tick submission vials to safely transport removed ticks to your physician or vet for identification, or to mail to diagnostic labs for pathogen analysis.
Full color tick identification guide.
An assortment of adhesive strips, alcohol and antiseptic wipes.
Durable zippered nylon pouch. Handy for home, glove compartment or back-pack.
Our fine pointed stainless steel micro pointed tweezers, 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.
These fine pointed 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 62,000 tick identification guides, bookmarks and educational brochures, and hosted a number of educational forums and workshops for residents in Southern Maine.
~ When it comes to tick-borne illnesses, prevention is the best prescription!
~ New: Maine Tracking Network
Public Data Portal for Lyme Disease Data.
Excellent resource for tables, charts, trend charts, maps and more. Valuable resource for Maine Residents!
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!
~ Scott Mulliken, ND
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 tick 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." ~ Norma G., Saco
"I always feel confident in your job, you are a company of integrity and honesty." ~ Barbara C., Sanford
"You give me peace of mind that we are fighting to be sure our dogs never get Lyme disease again." ~ Kate M., Scarborough
"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." ~ Francine K., Kennebunk
"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." ~ Sandra B., Kittery Point
"I deeply admire your work ethic and strong morals. You all do excellent work and are extremely knowledgeable." ~ J.K. MacLeod Landscaping, Wells
"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." ~ Debbie H., Wells
"Best money I spend every year." ~ John T., Sanford