Winter is over. Connecticut is breathing a collective sigh of relief as the temperature slowly rises and the snow slowly melts away. But apparently, that relief will be short lived.

It will be short lived because, according to The New Haven Register, 2017 might go down as one of the worst years in history for tick-born diseases.

Now, if you’re anything like me, just seeing a picture of a tick will give you the shivers. It’s bad enough that ticks are bugs, but when you add in the fact that they’re really stealthy bugs that carry life-altering diseases, they’re basically the worst part about warm weather in Connecticut.

And now, experts are saying they are seeing more ticks and a higher percentage of ticks testing positive for Lyme Disease.

This is a problem for both people and for our furry friends. Last year, I took my dog hiking a few times and it felt like every time we got home I found some creepy crawly working its way over his fur.

So this spring, take some caution. I know it’s super exciting to be able to wear shorts again without losing a leg to frostbite, but be aware of yourself and your pets. Wear long sleeves and pants if you’ll be spending time in the words or the high grass. Use bug spray on yourself. And always check for ticks if you’ve spent time outside.

Spring is a great time of year in New England, but one tick bite could make it a lot more stressful. Be careful out there, folks.

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