While deer are usually singled out as the carriers of adult ticks, researchers have turned their focus to white-footed mice, which host immature ticks and can pass the Lyme-causing bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi from one generation of ticks to the next, according to an article on scientificamerican.com. The white-footed mouse is described as an “animal weed” by a biologist quoted in the article, because they can continue to surge in population even as human development encroaches into the forest.
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