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blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis)

Closeup of a tick on a light brown surface with several thin, short wispy hairs. The tick has medium brown legs and mouthparts, a dark brown oval on its back immediately behind its head, and a translucent abdomen.

Effective and affordable management of ticks such as the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) at the community level has long been sought after, but a new study shows the necessary costs remain steep. An analysis of integrated tick management models in a sample 1,000-acre community find even a two-part program could cost about $400 per household, with more robust programs raising the price even more.

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