DATE POSTED: March 31, 2017
Here in South Portland, we are all too aware that Lyme disease is an increasing problem. What was once a disease "other people" got, seems to be everywhere now. And, this is not an illness to take lightly. Lyme disease can cause fever, lethargy, swollen joints and lymph nodes, loss of appetite, and an overall tiredness in dogs. When it strikes people, it can lead to lifelong medical issues with…
DATE POSTED: March 17, 2017
There may still be a nip in the air, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about mosquito and tick control. We had a pretty mild winter this year. That means more ticks and mosquitoes survived. It also means we're going to start into the busy (or buzzy) season for these pests real soon. Here's what you need to know.
DATE POSTED: November 7, 2016
If you own a dog, or like to go out hunting here in Maine, you are no doubt aware that Lyme disease is a growing problem. This is because Lyme disease is spread by contact with ticks. And, the two common ways people get exposed to ticks is by going out into the woods or having a pet bring them into the house. While fall is not technically considered "Lyme disease season," because the most common…
DATE POSTED: July 13, 2016
Let's be honest. Lyme disease is scary. In its early stage, it can produce flu-like symptoms such as chills, fevers, body aches, headaches, and fatigue. None of these are fun to have. But where this disease gets really scary is in later stages. If Lyme disease goes untreated or misdiagnosed, it can lead to lifelong illness. This is a disease that attacks the nervous system and the brain. It can…
DATE POSTED: June 8, 2016
What? How could a warm winter be anything but good? Well, besides making things tough on the ski industry, it also has an adverse effect on illness throughout the Northeast. While low oil prices and a mild winter can do a lot to lower your energy bills, it also has a positive effect on the tick population. Here is how mild winters cause higher tick populations, and what you need to know to protect…
DATE POSTED: May 29, 2016
If it feels like every time you turn around you're finding ticks or hearing about them, you're not imagining things. The ticks in Rhode Island are actually worse this year. Why? We'll it is simple math, really. Let's take a look.