There are 2 comments on the Public Opinion story from Apr 6, 2011, titled FRANKLIN COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS: Avoid ticks this year. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Spring is here! As we get ready for another season of outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking or hunting, it's important to protect ourselves from ticks that may spread such diseases as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever or other less common but potentially serious diseases.

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Richard Pollack

Needham, MA

#1 Apr 7, 2011
Another resource for tick evaluation is:
You can upload digital images for a fast and expert report that includes the species & stage of the tick and the extent of feeding.

Columbus, OH

#2 Apr 7, 2011
The old adage was that a cold winter would reduce the tick population, but the winter of 2009 - 2010 didn't reduce them, and it seems that this past winter didn't, either. We found them on ourselves or the dog all winter this year.

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