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Lone Star Tick Upsurge
Lone star tick

Black legged ticks and dog ticks are common in our region, but there’s a new tick in town: the lone star. Unlike other ticks, the lone star feeds primarily on deer blood, a concern for regions with large deer populations. On The Point, we discuss the health risks from lone star tick bites, and strategies to keep our yards and our bodies free from ticks.

Guests on the program are Dick Johnson, Dukes County tick program biologist, and Sam Telford, Professor of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

Follow this link for information on how to get a tick tested for disease

To register and learn more about the Community Deer Cooler and Venison Donation Program Island Grown Initiative or call / text Mark McFarlane at (774) 563 0702 

If you are interested in reducing deer and ticks on your property and in your neighborhood and willing to consider hunting as an option, please contact Dick Johnson or 508 693-1893 

Or sign up on the MV Tick Program Facebook page.

Here's a link for more information on how to prevent and recognize tick borne illness

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.