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Ticks: Anyone seeing a lot of ticks in the Bay Area this year?

Tick crawling on arm. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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While watering oaks on North Lime Ridge — our resident ‘wood tick magnet’ attracted some new friends. He picked up 12 wood ticks. The one I photographed on his shirt he missed, but after the photo it was released.

He always picks up ticks when we’re on our trips to maintain and plant habitats on the open space slopes of Mount Diablo around Walnut Creek. Hope these photos work for you.
Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, California
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Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2011
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Pets & Fleas: Are “Spot-On” flea killers safe?

Fleas photo by Flickr user Megadeth’s Girl used under a Creative Commons License
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On the bottom front page of today’s (March 18) “Morning Report” section for Bay Area News Group newspapers (in San Francisco Bay Area), is a story headlined, “Flea and tick products linked to pet deaths.” (If you don’t subscribe to one of our newspapers, I’m sure there’s a similar story in yours.)

The first paragraph of the story reads: “WASHINGTON — Products intended to treat cats and dogs for fleas and ticks kill hundreds of pets each year and injure tens of thousands, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday as it outlined plans to make the products safer.”

You probably already read this story, but if you haven’t, here it is:
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Posted on Thursday, March 18th, 2010
Under: Cats, dogs, Fleas, Pets, Ticks | 2 Comments »