State and Kenosha County health officials say this year could be a bad one for ticks.
The Kenosha News reports ticks love warm weather and a moist climate, and Wisconsin is seeing both.
Mark Melotik is Kenosha County's Health Division environmental health manager. He says ticks began emerging locally about a month ago. Melotik hasn't heard of any reports of possible Lyme disease yet this year, but he says that could change over the summer months.
There are at least 16 tick species in Wisconsin, but University of Wisconsin researchers say only a few bite humans. The two most common are wood ticks and deer ticks, which can cause Lyme disease. Preliminary numbers show Lyme disease cases were down last year, because of the hot, dry weather.