Topics: Ticks

Health: Cold Weather Gives No Respite From Ticks

By: Alan Pollock

With this week’s spring-like temperatures, people are peeling off layers of clothing and venturing outdoors for some fresh air. And on the bike paths, in the yard and on conservation trails, they’re not alone. Unfazed by the deep freeze last week, ticks are once again active, looking for a mid-winter blood meal. “People think, with that cold freeze, it must be safe out there,” said county entomologist Larry Da...

Larry Dapsis has taken the message about preventing tick-borne diseases to school classrooms, to civic groups, and even to outdoor fairs. Now he’s taking it to computers, tablets and smartphones. “My job is to reach as many people as I can,” said Dapsis, the Barnstable County entomologist and deer tick project coordinator for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. “I thought, as much as I get out and do public sp...

Despite a few dire predictions, 2018 probably won't see any great surge in the numbers of disease-carrying ticks on Cape Cod. But experts say it’s as important as ever to prevent tick bites, especially in these first days of summer. Deer ticks, which can transmit Lyme and other dangerous diseases, are at a particularly dangerous stage of their life cycles in late spring and early summer. Adult ticks, which wer...

ORLEANS — Documentary videographer Marnie Crawford Samuelson , a part-time Cape resident since 1985, knew that “Tick Days” was a story that needed to be told. “Way too many Cape neighbors and friends are becoming terribly sick from tick bites, getting not just Lyme disease, but babesiosis and other serious pathogens,” she said. She partnered with filmmaker Shane Hofeldt to produce the 18-minute documentary,...