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Deer Ticks in Framingham

Filed under: Health & Fitness by News Staff at 11:45 pm on May 17, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA - With warmer weather finally arriving, local doctors and emergency room staff are seeing an increase in deer tick bites, and anxious parents worried about the bacteria they carry which cause Lyme Disease.

Doctors at Framingham Pediatrics report treating children with deer tick bites every week last season, and this year should be no different.

Deer Ticks are common throughout all of Massachusetts and can be active from April through October and are most active in June, July and August. Adults deer ticks can be active any time of the year when temperatures rise above freezing.

The deer tick, or "blacklegged tick", (Ixodes scapularis), bites and feeds on blood at all stages of its 2-year life cycle. Adult females have a ...[read more]

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