The return of summer-like temps has awakened black-legged ticks also known as deer ticks. The Department of Health’s Dave Neitzel says this tick carries Lyme disease and other illness:

“We want folks to know those ticks are most common in real wooded and brushy areas. If you are going to be doing any activities out in the woods or the brush..if you have some of that in your yard. It’s a good time to put on the repellants and keep those ticks off.”

Neitzel says to remember to wear a repellent with at least 30-percent DEET or treat your clothing with permethrin. He also recommends treating your pets for ticks.