The tick population is exploding in many states. Reasons for the increase include milder winters, an increase in white-tailed deer, and migratory birds carrying ticks to new areas.
Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are the two best known diseases transmitted by ticks to humans. Ticks can also transmit Babesiosis, which can cause flu or Malaria-like symptoms if you don't remove the tick in time.
Doctors say if you're in a wooded or grassy area, be sure to check your body for ticks afterwards. If you do spot one, use tweezers to remove it.