Partner Stories

  • Bob Maurais with vials of ticks Using Education And Prevention to Stop Tick-Borne Diseases - "Media coverage and conversations surrounding the Zika mosquito virus have diverted attention away from the ever-present reality of Lyme and associated tick-borne diseases (TBDs)." An educator and IPM colleague discusses how PMPs can expand their public health protector role by increasing their focus on tick education. Continue Reading
  • bow hunter Deer in the Spotlight: Does Hunting Reduce Your Exposure to Lyme Disease? - Author: Cynthia E. Field  "I harvested three early-season deer two years ago and each had over 200 ticks," recalled Drew Colby who, like several dozen other Abatement Specialists, hunts on the more than 100 private properties served by MassDeerService, Inc. of Waltham, Massachusetts (1-855-NO-DEER1). Colby's math is irrefutable: Each female deer tick can lay more than 1500 eggs… Continue Reading
  • nymph blacklegged tick on an adult female Walk in the Woods: How Nathan Littauer Hospital Is Helping Make It Safe - Author: Cynthia E. Field  Since the middle of the Nineteenth Century, outdoor enthusiasts have enjoyed hiking along the Adirondack Mountains in eastern upstate New York. Every year, countless numbers of people savor the area's magnificence as they pursue interests as wide-ranging as fishing, bird watching, rock climbing, and outdoor painting. Just a few years ago,… Continue Reading
  • Pier cleaners Pier Cleaners: Clothes Encounters of the Three Kinds - Author: Cynthia E. Field Just ask Kim MacDonald. She can tell you how many customers of Pier Cleaners have had tick encounters. "I was surprised....shocked," blurted MacDonald when asked to describe customer interest in the tick identification magnets that she and fellow Pier Cleaners staff have been offering to customers since spring. The eco-friendly dry cleaning and laundry… Continue Reading
  • Lincoln, MA: Tick Task Force - Push Pins: How One Town Put Itself On The TickEncounter Map Author: Cynthia E. Field With self-effacing good humor, Barbara Buchan, Ed.D., calls herself "an inept gardener." Prescient might be a better adjective. Seven years ago Dr. Buchan began to notice changes in weather patterns around her Lincoln, Massachusetts, home. She quickly realized that the abundance of… Continue Reading