This page has been developed by the Westford Health Department to provide you with access to reliable tick disease information, disease prevention and safe and effective tick control methods (Last revision: June 26, 2015).
Tick borne illnesses are of great concern in Westford, as they
are in most of Massachusetts as well as the northeastern part of the
Note: The Asian Longhorned Tick has not been discovered in MA, but was recently discovered in Connecticut in 2017
Habbitats and Disease
Ticks can be found in tall grassy fields. Neither type of ticks can jump or fly. They wait with their front arms out to attach to animals or people passing by. Lone Star ticks (found on Cape Cod) are known to be aggressive feeders also. For more information on specific Tickborne Diseases, click on the hyperlink.
Any of the following symptoms occur: fever, headache, fatigue, chills, stiff neck or back, muscle or joint aches
The bite area look infected (increased redness, swelling, warmth, pain or pus)
Part of the tick remains in the skin after attempted removal
A rash of any kind develops (especially a red-ringed bull's-eye rash or red dots on wrists and ankles)
If the tick might have been on the skin for more than 24 hours
Participate in Your Towns Tick Testing Service
Visit Tick Report to order a comprehensive report about what disease causing microbes the tick may be carrying. With Health Department discounted program, your final cost is $20. Standard cost is $50.
Health Department Tickborne Disease Program
Presented by Dr. Alfred DeMaria, Jr., M.D. on May 7, 2012. Although this program was geared towards medical personnel, the lay person can learn a great deal about the progression of tick borne infections over the years, the types of infections we see in Massachusetts, the symptoms and treatments, and prevention. This video is available on Westford CAT.