Millions of people love to hang out on the beaches of California during the warmer months. As well as ticks carrying Lyme disease.
This is a finding from four years of fieldwork in the San Francisco Bay Area of California and the nearby wine country, involving the collection of about 3,000 western black-legged ticks.
The abundance of blood-sucking arachnids surprises some biologists and tick experts, in part because it is not clear what animals can spread them around.
How these ticks survive, feed and breed in coastal areas remains somewhat of a mystery, said Dan Salkeld, an ecologist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins who led the study. The tick’s favorite mammal, the western gray squirrel, does not visit coastal grass cliffs.
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