If there’s one thing you don’t want to bring home with you after a trip outdoors, it’s a tick. This pesky arachnid thrives in the summer time and is the primary culprit of Lyme disease in Massachusetts. Learn More about the types of ticks and their life cycle.

Lyme disease is caused by a corkscrew-shaped bacterium (or spirochete) Borrelia burgdorferi, and is transmitted to humans by infected ticks of the genus Ixodes. Learn More about Lyme Disease symptoms, prevention, how to check for ticks, and what to do if you found a tick.