With FIGAWI in the rearview mirror, it really feels like summer is upon us on the island. As we all start to spend more time outdoors on our conservation trails, we come into contact more frequently with one of the few hazards we have on Nantucket. We don’t have skunks, bear, coyotes, or venomous snakes. We do, however, have ticks. Late spring/early summer is a boon time for ticks, but with a mild winter and temperatures rarely going below freezing, ticks on island have been active all year round.
Ticks are as part of life on Nantucket as fog, summer traffic, and sand. That’s not a statement meant to scare people away. It’s a fact of life. Taking preventative and proactive measures will help ensure the health of you, your family, and your pets. First, it is important to know what we have on-island and what the potential dangers, if any, actually are.
The Centers for Disease control and Prevention estimates that there are more than 300,000 new cases of tick-borne diseases in the U.S. every year. The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) will host a lecture given by Dr. Tim Lepore on September 5 from 7 to 8 pm at 33 Washington […]
by Dr. Sarah T. Bois, Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Ticks have become a fact of life for islanders and visitors. Once an uncommon occurrence, deer (or black-legged) ticks that carry Lyme’s disease are now found in more than half the counties in the […]