If you are worried about Lyme disease, you must read this article

Susan Shea has published a very informative and important article about deer ticks and Lyme disease in the latest Northern Woodlands newsletter.

I sure didn’t know that female ticks lay up to 3,000 eggs! Yikes!

Shea is a naturalist, conservationist, and freelance writer who lives in Brookfield, Vermont.

She reports that “the reasons for the increase in Lyme disease are many. Climate change is probably part of it. Milder winters have allowed ticks to expand their range and emerge earlier in the spring, as well as leading to a surge in the deer and mouse populations that feed them. Forest fragmentation has contributed to an increase in mice, which thrive in small patches of woodland, while their predators need larger forests to survive.”

In her article, you’ll learn a lot about the life-cycle of ticks, and some research that may give us a way to kill them.

You can read this important article here.

Thank you Susan!

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.