What's My Risk of Tick Bites?
Where You Live in Maine
NORTHWESTERN MAINEIf you live in northern or northwestern Maine you are at a low risk of being bitten by a tick as fewer ticks are found in this area.
CENTRAL AND DOWNEAST MAINEIn central and downeast Maine, the habitat and climate are more favorable to deer ticks.
SOUTHERN/COASTAL MAINESouthern and coastal Maine areas make up the higher risk zone because ticks are established here.
The risk areas shown on the map were developed from a free tick identification program offered by the Maine Medical Center Vector-borne Disease Laboratory. More than 33,000 ticks were submitted to the lab from 1989 through 2013. The deer tick distribution closely matches that of Lyme disease cases reported to the Maine CDC.
Your Home and Property
LIVING IN A CONCRETE JUNGLE?If you live in an urban area with few trees and no tick-carrying wildlife, or if you rarely go outside, your risk of being bitten is low.
SOME TREES & SHRUBSIf your property has a few shrubs and bushes, some groundcover, and trees bordering your property, your risk is moderate.
WOODEDIf your property is bordered by woods with leaf litter and low vegetation, and particularly if there are deer in the neighborhood, you're at high risk.
WINTERFrom December to early March, ticks are typically less active.
LATE SUMMER/EARLY FALLIn Maine, August and September are moderate risk months.
SPRING, SUMMER, MID-FALLThe poppy seed-sized deer tick nymphs are most active in June and July. After feeding, they molt to adults that are active through the fall. Those who do not find a blood meal overwinter and are active through the spring.
About the graph at left: Activity periods of the freely-moving stages of the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis). Note: the larvae do not transmit Lyme disease.