Tick-borne illnesses, especially Lyme disease, are on the rise. Who's at risk? Anyone spending time outdoors in proximity to tick habitat including: homeowners, gardeners, hunters, fishermen, golfers, hikers, campers, pets, and yes, children playing in the yard. In fact, children between the ages of 5-14 have the highest incidence of Lyme disease.
According to the Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI), about two-thirds of the cases of Lyme disease in Maine are reported in June, July and August. That’s because the peak season for deer tick nymphs is June and July.