Be Safe Newtown
Newtown residents seeking a Lyme-free Newtown with deer-free roads,
a recovery of the woodlands and the return of native plant and bird
species within 5 years








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Program Assessment

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"I have still not recovered from the paralysis of the face (Bell's Palsy) in 1999 and now have Lyme arthritis in both knees. I want to recommend addressing the root cause of the problem, the deer population that keeps ticks spreading so we can stop any more people getting this terrible disease."
Daniel Liu, Redding Pharmacist


Deer Tick Nymph

Related Links

Fairfield County Municipal Deer Management Alliance

The Fairfield County Municipal Deer Management Alliance is a group of representatives from 17 towns in CT formed to research and educate residents on deer overpopulation

Newtown Health Department

   Tick Testing In Newtown

CDC Lyme Prevention

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station -
Tick Management

Connecticut Coalition to Eradicate Lyme Disease

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection -
Managing Urban Deer

BeSafeRedding was a sister web site concerned with deer density reduction in Redding. If you'd like to start a similar program, click here for help in setting it up.

"Ticks definitely are a bigger problem than 25 years ago. In the northeastern U.S., black-legged (deer) ticks have spread well beyond former coastal haunts.
Deer are the most important reproductive hosts for deer ticks.
The observed tick increase relates directly to deer populations, which are exploding in suburban and even semi-urban areas. Deer are the most important reproductive hosts for deer and Lone Star ticks. In Rhode Island, each deer produces about 450,000 larval deer ticks every year. Add a few deer and it’s no wonder that tick populations skyrocket. ... the level of deer reduction needed is logistically and politically challenging.."
NYT July 27 2009
Thomas Mather, Professor of public health entomology at the University of Rhode Island. Director, Tick Encounter Resource Center, a leading source on tick-bite protection and disease prevention.

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