Tick Prevention

Tick Check

We're not the only ones getting outside and active to make the most of this warm weather. Ticks are plentiful in Vinalhaven, and where there are ticks, there is Lyme Disease. Read more about Lyme Disease here.  Don't forget to perform frequent tick checks on yourself, your friends, and your pets, and follow these rules to help avoid ticks altogether:

  • Wear long sleeves and long pants, and tuck pant legs into your socks
  • Wear light colored clothing so ticks are easier to spot
  • Wear a hat
  • Stay on the beaten trail to avoid brushing undergrowth
  • Wear insect repellant with DEET
  • Treat clothing with Permethrin (always read directions before using)

Click here to see a guide to tick removal and ID. Click here to read about other tickborne diseases. Click here to read about how you can practice tick prevention and propery management.
Read here about other types of ticks found in Maine.