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
MAY is LYME DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH and THE BEGINNING OF TICK SEASON
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 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:
|Massachusetts State Website:
|American Lyme Disease Foundation Website:
|University of Rhode Island - Tick Encounter Resource Center Website: