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Turfgrass and Insects

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Ticks are leach-like parasitic pests that sometimes become more than a nuisance. Tick bites can cause itching, irritation and infection. The likelihood of infection is increased if the tick is removed incorrectly, which causes the mouthparts to remain in the wound. Ticks can transmit serious diseases to humans and pets. Ticks are seldom a problem in a well-maintained lawn, but they often infest edges bordered by tall weeds and brush. Treatments are most effective when applied along borders, brushy areas and footpaths that are routinely traveled.


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