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Old 11-05-2011, 08:09 PM
 
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We're thinking of moving to NJ with our four young children, particularly looking in the Basking Ridge/Chester/Chatham areas--but we can't believe the number of deer in the area! I'm very concerned about ticks and lyme disease, but I can't get an idea of whether or not it's a serious concern out there. For as many deer as there are, I can't imagine it's not an epidemic in the region--but maybe it's not as much of a problem as I imagine it might be? Does anyone have any idea/experiences/perspective on whether or not this should influence our decision to go to a more wooded or more populated town? THANK YOU!!!!!
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:56 PM
 
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While living in a wooded region would put you in a higher risk area of Lyme disease I don't think that should be a deciding factor on where you live. Lyme disease is all over now. The ticks travel from the deer to other wildlife, to birds, to the suburbs, to the cities and on our own pets. It's everywhere in the tri-state area. There are precautions you and your family could take to minimize risk (you can easily google them) and if you have a dog there is a Lyme vaccine that is fairly effective now as well as some good tick preventatives so they wouldn't bring them into the house. I do know some people that live in high risk areas in NY and CT that go on a prophylactic course of Doxycycline once or twice a year just in case (Lyme can take months before symptoms begin, but if caught early it is fairly easy to treat). I personally like the quiet and serene settings of the woods and love seeing wildlife out my back door so I would gladly take that risk over living in a concrete jungle, but that's just me.
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