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Low temperatures won't wash for tick elimination

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A NUMBER of recent studies have highlighted concerns about increases in tick numbers, their geographical spread and extended feeding seasons, which have been associated in the UK with milder, wetter weather and increased host abundance, particularly deer (Scharlemann and others 2008, Jameson and Medlock 2011). Changes in the Pet Travel Scheme are also expected to contribute to tick spread and increase the risk of foreign ticks entering the UK. Higher numbers of ticks are not only a growing biting nuisance for both people and their pets, but also pose a significant disease risk, since they are vectors of a wide …

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