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    July 14

    A minuscule foe, a massive public health challenge

    Tick-borne Lyme disease is epidemic in New England, but prevention efforts are scattershot, lagging far behind need

    Related graphic: How to remove a tick

    Tick prevention

    Click on red dots for advice on how to reduce the likelihood of tick bites.

    Overgrown shrubs
    Perimeter
    Shed
    Wood pile
    Clothing
    Long grass and weeds
    Bird feeder
    Deer
    Leaf litter
    Paths
    Woodsy areas
    Ornamental plantings
    Stone wall
    Tick tubes contain tick-repellent-treated cotton which mice like to use to line their nests.
    Tick tubes contain tick-repellent-treated cotton which mice like to use to line their nests.

    SOURCE: TickEncounter Resource Center

    David Butler/Globe Staff

    Related graphic: How to remove a tick