After an Absence, New England’s Ticks Are Back — and Hungry

The busy spring for ticks has been sending more people to the emergency room in Maine.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A late-summer drought virtually eliminated ticks in parts of New England but they’re back with a vengeance this spring. Dog ticks, which do not carry Lyme disease like deer ticks do, have been especially active since early spring in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. And people who’ve been getting outdoors because of the pandemic are discovering the arachnids on themselves and on pets. “People are outdoors a lot more because of…

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