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Tick-infested spring likely without an extended deep freeze

The warmer winter weather has its advantages and disadvantages. One disadvantage might be an abundance of deer ticks. According to the Star Tribune, the black-legged insects can survive without an extended cold snap. This is also prompting additional warnings about tick-borne illnesses and the dangers of Lyme disease.
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The warmer winter weather has its advantages and disadvantages. One disadvantage might be an abundance of deer ticks. According to the Star Tribune, the black-legged insects can survive without an extended cold snap. This is also prompting additional warnings about tick-borne illnesses and the dangers of Lyme disease.

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