Be on the look out for ticks this spring

FILE - This is a March 2002 file photo of a deer tick under a microscope in the entomology lab at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, R.I. Researchers focused on ticks and the debilitating diseases they spread say the heavy snow that blanketed the Northeast this winter was like a cozy quilt for baby blacklegged ticks that are now questing for blood as the weather warms up. (AP Photo/Victoria Arocho, File)

(WTNH) — Be on the look out for ticks.

The tick testing program at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is reporting a higher abundance of ticks and infection this spring.

So far this year, 38 percent of the 450 ticks that were tested carried Lyme Disease.

That’s 11 percent over the average of the past 5 years.

Personal protection and conducting tick checks are the best ways to prevent Lyme Disease.

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