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Murder slugs and ticks enjoying warm November

Published torsdag 10 november 2011 kl 14.25
Ticks are enjoying an extended life this year. Photo: Kyrre Lien/Scanpix.

This time last year, we had the first snowfall in central Sweden and it stayed on the ground until the following March. This year though, not a drop of snow , even in the far north and the unseasonally mild November weather has been good news for a number of unwanted summer pests which are usually long gone by this time of year.

Slugs, of the murderous spanish variety, ticks and other creepy crawlies are still out in force with ticks in particular , still a menace for the domestic cat and dog, surviving in temperatures down to 5 degrees celsius.

"It is warm and very damp at night so the murder slugs are still active but the ticks are a lot tougher" Lars-Åke Janzon at the Natural Hisory Museum told the news agency TT.

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