The deer tick (Ixodes dammini) is responsible for most cases of Lyme disease in the northeastern and north-central United States. Adults are found in grassy, shrubby, and woodland habitats in the fall and spring, and even on warm winter days. They feed mostly on white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus, but will also attack other large mammals. If infected, they can transmit the Lyme disease spirochete to their hosts. After engorging, females apparently drop to the ground to lay eggs. The larvae that hatch from the eggs seek hosts from July through September. They are very small and difficult to spot.
Recently JSOnline's Meg Jones posted an article titled, "More ticks are hitching a ride on Wisconsin pets, humans".
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