The Vector-borne Disease Lab is dedicated to the control of emerging tick & mosquito-borne diseases and translating our findings to the general public.

We seek to:

  • understand the environmental interactions of vectors, hosts, habitats, and climate
  • monitor the geography of risk
  • increase public awareness of the threat of tick and mosquito-borne diseases

Check out the TicksinMaine website link below for further information on how to protect yourself and household against ticks in Maine


Submit My Tick for ID

Submit Your Tick for Identification

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension can identify your tick
Submit My Tick for ID

MMCRI and the Lyme and Vector-borne Disease Laboratory (VDL) are excited to announce the publication of Dr. Peter Rand’s memoir, Of Ticks and Islands.

Back in 1987, when the first wave of Lyme disease-infected deer ticks began invading Maine from the south, Peter Rand, with infectious disease specialist Dr. Robert Smith, Jr. and MMC researched Eleanor LaCombe established the Lyme Disease Research Laboratory at MMCRI. Dr. Peter Rand was also a MMCRI co-founder with a penchant for research and a love for the Maine coast. These led him to tackle the puzzle of Lyme disease, which had been first described only a decade earlier in Connecticut. As more and more people in New England were coming down with Lyme, it became imperative to understand the parasitic insects that spread it: the deer tick. As his first laboratory, Rand chose Monhegan Island.

Of Ticks and Islands is currently available as an e-book via Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073X5R24C It will soon be available from Amazon as a paperback as well. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Vector-borne disease labaratory.

In the News

Ticks on Migratory Birds
Bangor Daily News

Does Vinegar Repel Ticks?
Channel 6 News

MMCRI’s Chuck Lubelczyk Interviewed
Channel 8 News: Rare Tick-Borne Illness

Ticks & Lyme Disease May 2017
Maine Public Radio: Maine Calling

Deer Ticks Already Out in Force in Maine
Portland Press Herald