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Old 04-02-2012, 02:11 PM
Tamerlane Tamerlane is offline
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Originally Posted by Tamerlane View Post
The species Ixodes scapularis and Ixodes pacificus, the "deer ticks",
And I should add, though I have seen people refer to the latter as "deer ticks", deer actually aren't all that important as hosts for I. pacificus, which is one of the reasons Lyme's Disease is not as prevalent on the Pacific Coast as it is in New England. The western species seems to prefer reptilian hosts as nymphs, which aren't good incubators of Borellia burgdorferi, the spirochaete in question.