|State health officials are urging West Virginians to be on the lookout for ticks because their populations could swell after the mild winter.|
Ticks carry the threat of Lyme disease.
Symptoms show within three to 30 days of a bite. They include fever and an expanding red rash.
If not treated early with antibiotics, the disease can lead to long-term arthritis and neurological problems.
Public health entomologist Eric Dotseth suggests people thoroughly examine themselves and their pets if venturing into areas with thick undergrowth.
He also suggests wearing light-colored clothing to make them more visible.
Ticks typically must be attached for at least 36-48 hours before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted.
If you find one, remove it with tweezers, by the head.