Dr. Michael Levin

These “black-legged ticks”, Ixodes scapularis, are found on a wide rage of hosts including mammals, birds and reptiles.

Black-legged ticks, I. scapularis are known to transmit Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, to humans and animals during feeding, when they insert their mouth parts into the skin of a host, and slowly take in the nutrient-rich host blood.

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