The range of ticks is expanding -- they're now found in all 50 states -- as is the length of time they're viable. This article explains steps to take to protect yourself and your pets from ticks and the zoonotic diseases they carry. Tick repellent, protective clothing and yard deterrents will help keep ticks off people and pets, thereby reducing the chance for them to spread serious pathogens including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and babesiosis.

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