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Deer tick (left) and wood tick (right) compared. Credit: National Park Service

Now is prime time for ticks

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It hardly seems fair.

After a brutal winter, it seems like it should at least have killed off the ticks.

Not so, says the state Health Department’s tick guy. Deep snow can mitigate the effects of the cold.


“That snow provides a little insulation blanket for the ticks,” said David Neitzel, who is more properly known as a tick-borne disease specialist with the Minnesota Department of Health.

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