Comments for: Maine tick myths, revealed

Posted Nov. 07, 2012, at 1:38 p.m.

Hunters, beware. You aren’t the only ones in the woods searching for a set of antlers. Winter ticks have just hatched, and they’re looking for warm hosts, preferably deer or moose. But because the two of you are looking for the same thing, your odds of running into each other …

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  • Anonymous

    Just a tip.  Your local veterinarian probably has the best rig for removing ticks.  It looks like a 1 tsp measuring spoon with a slit in the end of the spoon.  Place the slit firmly against the underside of the tick and firmly “scoop” it out.  Works like a charm.

    • Anonymous

      They are most definitely out there. After being in the woods, I found one on myself 5 out of 6 days. Check yourselves when out and about.

  • Anonymous

    The rash shows up in less then  5o% of the population. If you have the rash, it is proof positive of Lyme Disease. Also, possible transmission in as little as four hours. Unfortunately, lots of  misinformation re Lyme Disease out there.  To further complicate the issue, the experts who are researching & the CDC are not in agreement on either the testing for, or the treatment of Lyme Disease.

    • Anonymous

      Is that why like rabies, there is a vaccine for pets, but not people?

      • Anonymous

         It was not effective for people & there are some who feel it is not effective for pets either.

        •  The CDC (www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/lyme/default.htm) doesn’t say the vaccine was ineffective. Rather, the vaccine wasn’t in demand,

          • Anonymous

             If you listen to the CDC re Lyme Disease then you are going to be in trouble.

  • Anonymous

    My 3 year old son tested positive.  We never saw a tick or the initial rash.  We saw a “secondary rash” which basically looked like the typical bulls eye rash, but there was two.  We insisted on him being tested and it was positive.  I had never heard of a secondary rash with it, but you can get a rash anywhere on the body, not just a the point the tick bit.  

  • Anonymous

    Too bad measure 2 didn’t pass because that would have funded facilities to help with Maine’s growing tick and Lyme disease problem.

  • This story is timely and useful. But, people and pets actually encounter several other kinds of ticks in addition to the ones listed.  Regardless of the tick, it is important to remember that finding and promptly removing ticks (from a person or pet) can dramatically reduce risk of infection. Once the tick has been removed, have it identified. Only certain kinds of ticks can transmit the agents of Lyme disease, babesiosis and anaplasmosis.  Other ticks may transmit other infections.  The longer the tick is attached, the greater the risk of infection.  Physical samples can be sent, or digital images uploaded, for a rapid, confidential, independent and expert evaluation. More educational information and help with rapid identification can also be found on the web at IdentifyUS.

  • Anonymous

    As the climate continues to warm, ticks population will grow making the problem worse. Other invasive insects, plants and animals whose numbers were held in check by the bitter cold winters we used to have here will become more and more prevalent as well. Better get used to it.

  • A word to the wise for pet owners:  You may be tempted to buy cheaper frontline type flea and tick protection for your pets as  “knockoff” products online on sites like ebay. DON’T!  We did, and found that the product we bought was was fake and completely ineffective. We ended up going to the veterinarians office and buying the real thing anyway because our dog ended getting ticks and fleas.  We found out after the fact that is is a common scam, so don’t fall for it like we did. Get the real stuff! 

  • Luis Alberto Simauchi Jr.

    The best course of action anyone could take as soon as they realize a tick has latched on to them is to remove it immediately and store it some where safe in case medical personal need to identify it later. There are a couple guides to show how to properly remove a tick, here’s one:
    http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/ticks-c-227.html

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