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Know Before You Go: Where the Ticks Are and How to Avoid Them (Videos)

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  • Know Before You Go: Where the Ticks Are and How to Avoid Them (Videos)

    by N.Morgan

    As summertime approaches, being outdoors will be in most people’s agendas, it is a good idea to get familiar with ticks and their habitats. Despite the prevalence of human encounters with ticks, most people don’t really know very much about where ticks typically reside or how they come into contact with humans, pets, and other prey.

    Knowing some basic information—about the kinds of environments in which ticks live, when they’re active, and what they typically hunt for and how they attach to hosts—can help you determine how best to limit your exposure to ticks and avoid encounters when you venture out into common tick territories.

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    Generally, tick populations tend to be higher in elevation, in wooded and grassy areas where the creatures they feed on live and roam, including deer, rabbits, birds, lizards, squirrels, mice, and other rodents. However, they can also be found in urban areas as well as on beaches in coastal areas. They also like moist and humid environments, which tend to be closer to the ground—such as among logs, fallen branches, tall brush, and grassy areas. Ticks in the early lifecycle stages—larvae and nymphs—are often found in piles of decomposing leaves under trees.

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