Lyme Disease in Acton

Lyme disease
is a rapidly growing disease caused primarily by the deer tick. Nationally, reported cases have more than doubled since 1992. In states where Lyme is most common, such as Massachusetts, the rate is 34.7 per 100,000. Many cases go unreported.

Many people are unaware of the seriousness of Lyme disease. Early manifestations present flu like symptoms together with depression. Left untreated, late manifestations involving the joints, heart and nervous system can occur.

Children, gardeners and people who enjoy outdoor activities are most at risk.

It is imperative that we inform our citizenry of the cause, symptoms, treatment and most importantly the ways to protect ourselves from this disease.

Thank you for supporting our petition.

As a result we are partnering with the Town of Acton Board of Health to increase public awareness regarding the cause, prevention, and treatment of Lyme disease including exploring regional options for reduction of deer populations.
Now is the time to act.

  • Acton Beacon - July 2, 2009
  • Acton Forum - August 15, 2009

    Now that it is warming up, we will again be seeing ticks in great numbers and with them the threat of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses. It is important to tuck pants into socks, wear long sleeves and a hat if in long grasses or the woods or even in areas of one's yard where the deer may have transported and dropped the ticks. Always take off your clothes and bag them until they can be washed but most especially dried for at least 30 min. It is the heat from the dryer that will kill the ticks. People have been known to be bitten by putting these clothes back on without drying them. Deet deters the ticks, permethrin kills them. Deet can be sprayed on the skin or clothing, whereas permethrin can only be sprayed on clothing when it is not on you and it must dry. There are permethrin sprays for clothing that can go through a number of washes, some say 70 or more. One can also purchase permethrin treated clothing.

    Tick tubes have been found to be 95% effective in a 7 yr. study. They do not harm the environment and are biodegradable. They are put out in May/June for the nymphs and August/September for the adults who will be laying eggs for the following yr. Placement is in the shade where they can be found, stone walls, leaf litter, pachysandra, etc. The tubes should be placed 3 feet apart only in the areas where the rodents/ticks are found. If one does not use the entire box at once, they can be saved in a basement to use in the fall or shared with a neighbor or friend. The permethrin coated cotton is what the rodents, especially white footed mice, take back to their nests to kill the ticks who are looking for a blood meal from the rodents that carry the bacteria but do not get sick themselves.

    The price is $50 for 24 tubes and they can be purchased at the Acton Health Dept. or at the Acton Garden Club Plant Sale on Sat. May 18, 2013 from 9-1pm across from the Town Hall.

    Lyme Disease Educational Exhibit goes on Tour
    Election Day - November 2012

    2010 June AGC Flower Show Educational Exhibit Living with Wildlife - Gardeners cope with wildlife and Lyme disease while Acton's deer population enjoy a salad of garden delights and landscape shrubs as they bring Lyme disease closer to home.

    Upcoming Lyme Disease Events

    Lyme Disease Resources

    Town of Acton Website:
  • Lyme Disease Fact Sheet
  • Tick Management Handbook for Homeowners

  • Lyme Disease Support Groups:
  • Lyme Support Group of Concord
    Meets 4th Thursday each month (10/22,11/24,1/28/10)
    7 - 9:00pm at Concord Library (Trustee Room)
  • Lyme Support Group of Ayer
    Meets 1st Tuesday each month
    7:00pm at Nasboba Valley Medical Center6

  • Lyme Disease Association Website:
  • The ABCs of Lyme Disease

  • CDC Website:
  • Lyme Disease Diagnosis

  • Massachusetts State Website:
  • Tick Identification Card
  • Preventing Disease Spread by Ticks
  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • American Lyme Disease Foundation Website:
  • Lyme transmission rates
  • What is Lyme Disease

  • University of Rhode Island - Tick Encounter Resource Center Website:
  • Think TICK....Take ACTION Toolbox

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