Don't let the temperatures fool you: It is tick season, and these potentially dangerous pests are popping up in full force.
According to State Department of Health experts, the snow has actually preserved ticks from the fall season by creating a type of insulation. They expect the numbers to grow as the ice melts, and with serious illnesses such as Lyme disease and other bacterial infections, avoiding contact is more important than ever.
DOH says staying indoors and away from heavily wooded areas is the best way to remain tick-free, but if you're going to be outside, there are some precautions to take.
"They can also be sure to walk in the center of cleared trails away from the vegetation that hangs down into the trail, and check themselves frequently when their outdoors and thoroughly when you get indoors," said Melissa Prusinski with the DOH.
DOH officials add it's best to check animals for ticks before they enter the home, and talk to your veterinarian about medicines and collars that could lessen the threat of tick bites.