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  •  The burgeoning deer population & ticks (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    In peak tick season, an adult deer can carry as many as 60 ticks.

    But they're sooooo cuuuuuuuuuute!  There are suburban areas in the Northeast that have so many deer hanging around, and if anyone suggests doing something about it an uproar ensues.

    Enjoy your ticks.

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    by Keith930 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 01:09:07 PM PST

    •  There are no deer near us but lots of ticks. (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Eyesbright

      It looks like they latch on to other animals as well so killing all the deer isn't going to help much.

      •  Watch out for the ticks (0+ / 0-)

        I have another comment about how they can cause an allergy to beef, pork and lamb.

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        by splashy on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 01:47:44 AM PST

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    •  Ticks are often carried by local rodents and (0+ / 0-)

      birds. This explains how mobile and quickly the tick population can be spread.

      We also move livestock: cattle, horses and other animals which may have ticks around by train, truck, trailer, and air, so the tick has many ways to hitch a ride.

      Interestingly, mice, woodrats and other rodents show little or no impairment from their infections. And some bird species as well. Some birds do get sick. With rodents it could be their short life spans, which means they outlive the symptoms.

      But they are around long enough to be infected then become a vector giving infection back to a tick or other competent carrier.

      The PNW is a publicly quiet. but environmentally hot spot for tick borne illnesses.

       

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      by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 01:36:53 PM PST

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