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Ticks: They're taking over!

By Kathleen O'Brien - January 18, 2016

"Nearly half of all counties in the United States are now home to the ticks that transmit Lyme disease, according to a new federal tick count released Monday".

"'For people in New Jersey, this isn't a great surprise," said Thomas Mather, an entomologist with the University of Rhode Island. "These ticks are well-established throughout much of your state.'"

Read full article on nj.com: http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2016/01/ticks_-_theyre_taking_over.html

The black-legged tick has conquered Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and Maine since the last survey was done in 1998. (The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The ranges of both the black-legged tick and its Pacific Coast cousin are expanding - its East Coast now spreading as far as western Minnesota, according to a new survey of tick presence conducted by a biologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.