We are now officially in tick season in the valley until the fall.
The Canadian Wildlife magazine reports an increase in black-legged tick bites. In 2009, there were 144 cases, in 2017, reported were 2,025 cases.
These lyme-carrying ticks are found in forested and wooded areas, tall grass, shrubs and leaf piles.
But,now they are found in parks and backyards. To prevent further lyme disease cases, cover up as much skin as possible, wear a hat, long-sleeved shirt and long pants. For added protection use a DEET bug repellant.
Be sure to check your pets.
After a bite, lyme disease can start to show symptoms after three to to 30 days.