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Ticks are a dangerous garden pest

I plan my gardening chores well in advance. Then I dress accordingly. Still, I frequently find myself doing impromptu jobs that I hadn't planned for. But even though I may need to collect additional tools for an unforeseen job, at least my standard, gardening outerwear — hats, gloves, boots, long-sleeve shirts and long pants — provides me with plenty of protection against the sun, irritants, thorns and pests such as ticks. Second to wasps and hornets, ticks are the most dangerous insects that gardeners routinely confront. In fact, the mere thought of being bit by a tick that's infected with Lyme disease frightens me enough to be on the constant look out for ticks...