By Nakell Williams
WABI-TV news story
Environmentalists say climate change is causing an increase in dangerous pests and preventing Mainers from enjoying the outdoors. The Natural Resources Council of Maine says, according to a recent report, climate change is behind the rise in ticks. They say the tick problem in Maine is getting worse because of the warmer weather. “In 2014, there were nearly 1,400 cases of Lyme disease reported in Maine. That’s up significantly over past years. In 2005, we had something like 300 cases,” said Natural Resources Council of Maine Policy Advocate/Outreach Coordinator, Todd Martin.
Lyme disease experts encourage people planning outdoor summer activities to check their bodies for ticks often. There’s a greater chance you can get sick if a tick is attached to you longer than 24 hours.