November 1, 2019: A hard frost has now taken place in the following counties: Berkshire, Bristol (central only), Essex (northern and central only) Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex (northern only) and Worcester.
When temperatures between 27-29 degrees Fahrenheit have occurred over wide geographic areas, risk from mosquito-borne disease is considered to have ended inside that area.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Both black-legged (deer) ticks and dog ticks are found throughout Massachusetts and may spread different disease-causing germs when they bite you. The most common tick-borne diseases in Massachusetts are Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis. Other diseases that are more rare, but still occur, are Tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Borrelia miyamotoi, and Powassan virus. Tick-borne illnesses can be very severe and taking steps to avoid tick bites is important. Please click here for more information on tick-borne diseases and how to prevent them.
University of Massachusetts TickReport
The University of Massachusetts Laboratory of Medical Zoology provides tick testing service to public individuals and agencies seeking more information about the risk of dangerous pathogens. Find out more or send your tick to college! https://www.tickreport.com/
CDC The Centers for Disease Control website has data on tick-borne disease found in Amherst including Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis, as well as emerging tick-borne disease.