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Image Number K9407-1

ARS tick-control efforts are targeting the female blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, which can lay up to 3,000 eggs in her lifetime. Her young offspring are key links in the transmission of Lyme disease, a flulike illness in humans that can become chronic and progressive if not treated.

Photo by Scott Bauer.



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Last Modified: 5/23/2006