Ticks are Active!
Taking advantage of the nice weather by spending time outside? Don't forget to check for ticks. They're out and they're hungry! Read the following information from Mass. Audubon:
Types of Ticks
The two species that are the most common are the blacklegged or deer tick (image on the left) and the American dog tick (right). The come in different patterns and sizes - the nymph stage deer tick is as small as a poppy seed.
An Attack from Below
Ticks wait in vegetation and grab on to a passing leg. They climb upwards looking for a place to bite.
Ticks Make You Sick
Deer ticks can transmit Lyme disease and other pathogens. Dog ticks don't transmit Lyme disease but can spread other diseases that are less common.
Tips for Staying Safe
- Avoid brushy areas and keep a tidy yard
- Use insect repellant (like deep woods Off)
- Wear light colors and long pants
- Tuck pant cuffs into socks
- Perform very thorough tick checks
Weston's Conservation Administrator and Public Health Director are a part of the Middlesex Tick Task Force. A wealth of information on how to avoid ticks - and not the outdoors - is available on the Town's website