This has been a particularly bad year for ticks. The eight-legged parasite is a relative newcomer to Maine, moving up the coast from southern New England over the past 20 years and becoming increasingly prevalent, especially along the Midcoast. And ticks are wreaking havoc along the way, whether it is a deer tick, dog tick, or lone star tick. They carry pathogens that harm animals and humans — bacteria, viruses and protozoa. What to do?
Tick-borne Diseases in Maine, a Physician’s Reference Manual states that “Ticks are attracted to a variety of host factors including body heat and carbon dioxide. They will transfer to a potential host when one brushes directly against them and then seek a site for attachment.” They cannot jump or fly. In the guide from the Maine Center for Disease Control, it says, "Limiting exposure to ticks reduces the likelihood of any tick-born disease infection. In persons exposed to tick-infested habitats, prompt careful inspection and removal of crawling or attached ticks is an important