Ticks in Maine
I may not be a Mainer, but I am from the northeast, and never in my life have I been so hyper-aware of ticks as I have been in the past few weeks of living here. I live in downtown Portland, too, and I still eye any patch of grass with unease.
But for good reason.
I feel itchy just typing about them.
The countless potential consequences of a tick bite make the risk of being unprotected completely unnecessary. Those buggers made it through the winter, hiding under all those icy snow piles, and they are back with a vengeance.
But, the most important thing to realize about ticks – don’t let fear of disease keep you from enjoying the summertime. Be proactive. Be smart about your life outside and enjoy it despite the reality of these bugs being everywhere. That way you can get out and hike and camp without anxiety. You can still have your picnics and play outside with your dog (don’t forget to protect them too!)
Don’t let fear keep you from missing out.
Find an all natural tick repellent. Wear conscious clothing – lighter colors, longer legs and sleeves. Tuck in those socks! And never end your day without a proper tick check.
And hopefully we’ll all make it through the season with only a few tick scares, but a lot of good, sunny memories.
Until next time,