Risk Assessment

Ticks have long been known as major nuisance pests of man and animals, but it was not until fairly recently that human tick-borne diseases in New Jersey were recognized as a significant public health threat. Examining the history of Lyme disease can demonstrate how the development of residential communities within forested habitats may contribute to the emergence of these tick-borne diseases. Ticks are not uniformly distributed in nature and even in seemingly ideal habitats may be scarce or absent. Therefore, assessment of the actual risk of acquiring a tick bite requires a good understanding of the nature of tick-borne diseases and of how to recognize tick habitats.

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Possible Habitat