July 14 A minuscule foe, a massive public health challenge Tick-borne Lyme disease is epidemic in New England, but prevention efforts are scattershot, lagging far behind need ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Bill Greene/Globe Staff Deirdre Arvidson, a public health nurse with the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, talked with third-graders at the Forestdale School in Sandwich while dressed in a giant tick costume. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Professor Thomas Mather used a bagel to show size and visability of ticks. Cape Cod Cooperative Extension When deer poke their head between two rollers to feed, like this doe and fawn at an experimental feeding station in Nantucket, their head, necks, ears, and shoulders are covered with pesticide to kill and repel ticks. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Residents concerned about tick-borne diseases gathered for a meeting about Lyme disease at the Dover Town Hall on Wednesday, April 10. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Tick identification cards were available at the Dover meeting. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Attendees picked up literature on ticks and tick-borne illnesses before the meeting in Dover. Dr. Sam Donta, an expert and controversial figure in the Lyme disease field, spoke at the meeting. Steve Haines For The Boston Globe A bowling benefit was held in South Yarmouth to raise awareness and money for Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff Weston conservation administrator Michele Grzenda installed tick information boxes in Burchard Park. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff University of Rhode Island graduate Chris Schuttert collected ticks in Kingston, R.I. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff Friends Emily Hutcheson and Laurie Bent took a stroll in the woods near Hutcheson's Weston home. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff A couple of minutes into Hutcheson and Bent's walk, they came across this deer and her fawn.