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Is this an unusually bad year for ticks? And do you have any advice if you encounter them?

Paul Liechti, assistant director of Kansas University's Biological Survey, said this spring's weather conditions were optimum for ticks. Ticks hatch in the springtime; one female can lay up to 3,500 eggs.

If a tick is embedded into the skin, a person should grab the body with a pair of tweezers and gently but steadily pull the tick out.

Some ticks carry Lyme disease. Anyone with a tick bite that produces a red ring like a bull's-eye should consult a doctor immediately. People could bring ticks to the Health Department, 200 Maine, to see whether they carry Lyme disease.


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