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Thank you Dave for this informative research. Your explanation of the complexities of this study gives a rollercoaster like perspective on the life cycle of the tick, the possible, and more probable hosts, climate, and forest-type variables. Questing behavior of ticks is interesting. Who've have thought a tick might prefer a type of plant to climb so they can hop off onto a host. It's neat to note, that so far, you've found the deer mouse has a higher Borrelia incidence than the white footed mouse. And as people have pointed out the effects of Lyme can
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be varied. My husband got acute Lyme with the bull's eye inflammation and high fever. He went on antibiotics and hasn't had other verified symptoms. But for some the infection can be life devastating. Thank you for the good work!
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by Vicki Major (not verified)