Deer ticks are the scourge of the Hudson Valley. These tiny pests live almost anywhere there's grass, brush, or woods. Aside from Lyme Disease, scientists have discovered other blights these critters can spread. This article for About Town describes these new diseases , and highlights ways to avoid getting bitten (staying out of tall grass and brush, covering your body thoroughly with clothing, wearing insect repellents containing DEET, etc).
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Be sure to take precautions, because tick season is here.