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blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis)

Closeup for adult blacklegged tick, reddish brown in color except for darker brown circular patch that covers about half of its backside, immediately behind head. tick is pictured against an off-white background mottled with grayish blue spots.

Mowing has been recommended for managing ticks where people tread, but a new study suggests that a single mow of park trails in early summer isn’t enough to reduce prevalence of blacklegged and American dog ticks. Shown here is a blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis). (Photo by Steve Waller via iNaturalist, CC BY-NC 4.0)

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