Welcome to the Mainely Ticks Educational Website

Celebrating our 13th year of protecting people and pets!

April 25, 2017

~Alert...Adult deer ticks are now active! We're already receiving reports of people and pets encountering deer ticks...be vigilant when spending time in tick habitat...remember deer ticks are active anytime the temperatures are above freezing. Check out the two year life cycle graphic.

Reported cases of Lyme disease reached an all-time high of 1,464 cases last year in Maine. Source, Maine CDC

Actual number is likely 10X that or over 14,000. Source CDC

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~New...PDF flyer with common landscape modifications and personal protection strategies to better protect your family...20% discount on permethrin treated clothing. Click here to view.

~New...Maine Based Dog Not Gone in Skowhegan, Maine designs and manufacturers high quality visibility products that includes 3M reflective stripes, and now features No Fly Zone permethrin treated products. Visit them at https://www.dognotgone.com

As a way of saying thanks for visiting our educational website, type mainelyticks in the promo code section upon checkout and receive 20% off your order!

~Insect Shield your own clothing...

What is Insect Shield?

The Insect Shield your own clothing program enables you to get your own favorite clothing treated. Just like other Insect Shield appearel, garment repellency is invisible, odorless, EPA registered, and last for 70 launderings.

Protection is as easy as getting dressed...Mainely Ticks uses this service to better protect all employees spring, summer and fall.

Click here to get started. You'll view a brief video outlining the Insect Shield process. Once you've watched the video, select "Single Item" to begin the ordering process. Selecting the single item option does not limit you to treating only one item...you can select as many items as you would like. Check out their new "Easy Packs" option as well.

As a way of saying thanks for visiting our educational website, type MAINELYTICKS1 in the promo code section upon checkout and receive 20% off your order!

Looking for pre-treated clothing? Click here to view the selection of Insect Shied garments. Type MAINELYTICKS2 in the Promo Code section at checkout and receive a 20% discount.

~New...Watch the spread of Lyme disease across the Northeast and Upper Midwest. Interactive Map details the rapid geographic year-to-year increase from 2000-2014 in the Northeast corridor and Upper Midwest. Related Portland Press Herald article...Lyme disease cases come roaring back this fall.

~New...Using Education And Prevention to Stop Tick-Borne Diseases. An original article authored by Bob Maurais and recently published in Pest Control Technolgy (PCT) magazine.

~New...National Pest Alert ~ Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases
Click here to view this timely 2-page educational PDF document distributed by the Regional IPM Centers. Mainely Ticks is proud to be listed as a resource!

~New...Tick Alert Trail Sign. Download PDF and share with your community.

Tick Care, Tick Action, Tick it Seriously!

~Just removed a tick?

Wonder how long that tick was attached? Click here to view an excellent resource from TickEncounter.org, the premier educational website in the US!

Mainely Ticks is proud to be an Enhanced Level Parter of TickEncounter.org.

Magnified Fine Pointed Tweezers now available in Affordable Bulk Packs!

~Mainely Ticks 2016 Educational Commercial

Fact: Children ages 5-14 have the highest incidence of Lyme disease. Source, CDC.

~Blacklegged Ticks Found in Half of U.S. Counties

Recent paper published on behalf of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) with specifics for each state, including graphical depiction of the increase since 1998. Take time to read this!

Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the range of these ticks is spreading, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology.

~Tick Check.

Deer ticks are active anytime the outdoor temperatures are above freezing. Absent snow cover, please perform a thorough tick check immediately after outdoor activity in proximity to ticks, especially on children and pets!

Please be certain to perform a thorough tick check after outdoor activities! Use the sensitivity of your finger tips to feel for the tiny nymph tick...they are so small you're apt to feel them before you see them! Check the scalp, behind the ears, neck, armpits, entire torso, belly button, groin, legs, behind the knees and if you've been barefoot, between the toes.

Get into the habit of running your hands across the entire surface of your body. A thorough tick check should take 45-60 seconds!

Protection from ticks can be as easy as getting dressed. One of the best ways to protect your family is to treat clothing with permethrin spray. Permethrin can be purchased at various locations including many sporting good stores. You can also have your own personal garments professionaly treated, and the efficacy will last for 70 laundering cycles. Click here for more information.

~ What really works against bug bites

Consumer Reports reveals new, safer options to keep mosquitoes and ticks at bay. Read Article

~ Keep your family safe! Print FREE educational brochure

When talking to people who have been diagnosed with Lyme or other tick-borne diseases, they'll tell you that they wish they had known how debilitating tick-borne illnesses were and how a combination of education & awareness could have lessened the chances of contracting the diseases in the first place.

Free educational tri-fold brochure

Our educational brochure includes information on tick identification, removal and submission. Print the full color brochure panels (PDF)

~ Got ticks? We can help!

There's nothing more important than the health and well being of your family. If you've ever removed a tick from yourself, family member or pet, you know how important it is to have the right tools available immediately, whether at home or on the trail.

~ Tick Identification, Removal, and Submission Kit ~ $9.95

We've streamlined our tick removal kit to include:

  • Magnified fine pointed tweezers.
  • Two zip-lock bags to transport removed ticks to your physician or vet for identification, or to mail to diagnostic labs for pathogen analysis.
  • Full color tick identification guide.
  • Tick removal instructions
  • An assortment of adhesive strips, alcohol and antiseptic wipes.
  • Durable clear plastic pouch which contains all components. Handy for home, glove compartment or back-pack.

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~ Dramatically Revised Lyme Disease Statistics Raise New Questions About Risk!

August 20, 2013 PBS News Hour Report with Gwen Ifill.

A 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease each year, 10 times the amount previously believed by health officials. View Video.

~ DownEast Magazine.

Tick Check. August, 2013. Maine has the nation's third highest rate of Lyme disease, but the illness remains misunderstood and often misdiagnosed. Read article.


Mainely Ticks Fine Pointed Tick Removal Tweezers Now Available. Fine Pointed Tweezers
Now Available
in Bulk Packs.

Our fine pointed stainless steel micro pointed tweezers, coupled with the built-in magnifying lens, makes this the BEST tool to safely remove even the smallest tick, splinter or thorn.

Now available in affordable bulk packs.

In the opened position, the focal point of the magnifying lens and the micro points of the tweezers align to provide you with the ultimate in dexterity and detail.

Experts agree that the prompt and proper removal of an attached tick lessen the chances of acquiring Lyme disease and/or other tick borne illnesses. If you've ever removed a tick from yourself, family member or pet, you'll appreciate the precision and ease of use that these tweezers afford. Consider a pair for your medicine cabinet or backpack.

Retail price of only $6.95.

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Since 2004, Mainely Ticks has been a leader in promoting tick education and awareness. We have distributed over 62,000 tick identification guides, bookmarks and educational brochures, and hosted a number of educational forums and workshops for residents in Southern Maine.

~ When it comes to tick-borne illnesses, prevention is the best prescription!

~ New: Maine Tracking Network

Public Data Portal for Lyme Disease Data.

Excellent resource for tables, charts, trend charts, maps and more. Valuable resource for Maine Residents!

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~ Testimonials

As professional educators, the work Bob & Barb do in raising the level of education & awareness of tick-borne illnesses is phenomenal and does a great service to the community at large. Remember, the original meaning of the Latin phrase "Docere" means "Doctor as Teacher". Hence, I personally feel their titles should be Dr. Bob and Barb Maurais!

~ Scott Mulliken, ND

We've had a Mainely Ticks identification card for years. I can't tell you how many times we've used it to figure out if what was crawling on us was actually a deer tick. I just got the tick kit and that very afternoon I found what I thought was a tick on my cat. I grabbed the special tweezers with the magnifier and sure enough it was a tick, which I was able to remove easily-and correctly, thanks to the easy to understand tick removal instructions. Many thanks to Mainely Ticks.

~ Catching Health with Diane Atwood



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Selected comments from our year-end 2014 & 2015 Customer Surveys.

"My daughter attended a session where Mainely Ticks spoke and handed out information. She has a daughter with Lyme and was very impressed."
~ Norma G., Saco

"I always feel confident in your job, you are a company of integrity and honesty."
~ Barbara C., Sanford

"You give me peace of mind that we are fighting to be sure our dogs never get Lyme disease again."
~ Kate M., Scarborough

"Mainely Ticks is extremely dependable, honest and always provides the highest quality service. Jim and I cannot find enough positive adjectives to describe our experience with them."
~ Francine K., Kennebunk

"The company of Mainely Ticks has protected my property in Maine for many years - with what I think of as "caring, professionals" concerned for others."
~ Sandra B., Kittery Point

"I deeply admire your work ethic and strong morals. You all do excellent work and are extremely knowledgeable."
~ J.K. MacLeod Landscaping, Wells

"We provide daycare for our granddaughters and we have never had to worry about ticks in our yard. Our eldest granddaughter has several friends who love playing in our backyard and in our wooded area."
~ Debbie H., Wells

"Best money I spend every year."
~ John T., Sanford

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