With many of Maine's entertainment venues still closed, or operating at a significantly reduced capacity, many people have rediscovered the state's outdoor offerings.  it makes perfect sense!  You can easily social distance, with a lack of tourists there aren't massive crowds we normally have to deal with during the summer months, and outdoor adventures are usually very affordable.  And, on top of that, it will give you a chance to get some fresh air and exercise.  Sounds like a plan, right?

No so fast...

According to WMTW, we should be prepared for a bad tick season this summer.  Researchers from the University of New Haven say the mild winter we just experienced could lead to us having a bad year for ticks.

Additionally, in an attempt to social distance while in Maine's parks, we could be putting ourselves in harm's way.  Given the current situation, many of us have become accustomed to giving everyone around us a "wide berth".  If we encounter someone in a narrow space (store aisle, hallway, trail) we have a tendency to give people extra space.  That could lead to people moving off a trail and into the vegetation - where the ticks live.

How do you keep yourself safe when in Maine's great outdoors?  Use tick spray, wear long pants when possible, and stay out of thick brush.  Also, frequently check yourself for ticks.

This video goes more into avoiding ticks.

Get outside, have fun, but be safe.

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