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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a blacklegged tick - also known as a deer tick, rests on a plant. The extended winter of 2017-2018 on the East Coast doesn't seem to have done much to impact ticks, whose numbers are expect to be similar to last year. Dog walkers and runners are already talking of spotting plenty of the blood suckers. (CDC via AP, File)

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How to prevent ticks in your yard

There are organic options, but they may not be as effective as insecticides.

How to remove a tick from your body

Did you find a tick on your or a loved one’s body? Here’s how to safely remove it, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Is that a tick? A crash course in basic tick identification

Do you think you just found a tick? Here’s a basic visual lesson on identifying if that arachnid is indeed a tick, and if so, what kind it is.

Here’s why you might be seeing a lot of photos of ticks on poppy seed muffins and bagels

The CDC tweeted out a photo of ticks on a poppy seed muffin, and almost everyone who saw it got grossed out. And then other media outlets replicated it.

An adult deer tick.

Tens of thousands likely to get tick-borne disease in Mass. this year

The number of cases of tick-borne disease in Massachusetts has skyrocketed.

Clockwise from top left: The deer tick, which transmits Lyme disease; the American dog tick, which transmits Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia; the Culex pipiens mosquito, which transmits West Nile virus; and the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits Zika, dengue, and chikungunya.

Diseases spread by ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas more than tripled in the US

The warmer weather of spring and summer means the start of tick and mosquito season and the diseases they transmit.

FILE Ñ Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, a breed that carries the Zika virus, at the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionÕs Lab in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Feb. 24, 2016. The number of people who get diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in the United States in recent years, federal health officials reported on May 1, 2018. (Victor J. Blue/The New York Times)

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Mass. among the hardest-hit states as tick, mosquito illnesses rise

Massachusetts is in the top quintile in terms of total number of tick-related cases.

Forty years ago researchers at Yale published papers describing “Lyme arthritis,” named for an outbreak around Lyme, Connecticut.

Examiner | Magazine

Lyme disease turns 40. There will be no cake.

New England is home to the tick-borne illness and still has the highest incident rates.

Veterinarian Bruce Hill displayed a tick he found on a dog at the DeWitt Animal Hospital in Plainville.

What you need to know about tick season

We’ve just entered the time of year when people are most likely to be bit and infected by ticks.

Many variables affect tick population size,
but even one tick still poses risks.

Only one sure thing about deer ticks: They will be out there

Many variables affect tick population size, but even one of the tiny bugs that transmit Lyme disease still poses risks.

Can you prevent ticks in your yard?

In this part of the country, the threat from ticks and tick-borne illnesses can seem ever present. But there are things you can do around your home to minimize the risk.

Bitten by Uncertainty: A Globe report on Lyme disease in the Northeast

In 2013, the Globe took an in-depth look at the disease, the patients, the debate, and the science.

Special report

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In 2013, the Globe took an in-depth look at the disease, the patients, the debate, and the science.

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Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Design New England

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An architect turns his old barn in Newport, Rhode Island, into a light-filled multipurpose haven for family and guests.