BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department is offering the public a way to see where ticks are being found across the state.
And anyone can contribute tick sightings to the tick tracker on the Health Department website.
The website also has information about tick-borne diseases and how to prevent tick bites.
The deer tick, the species responsible for transmitting Lyme disease, has become the most frequently found tick in Vermont.
In 2011 Lyme disease reached an all-time high in Vermont with more than 500 reports of people who were likely exposed in the state. Last year, there were 367 reported cases with likely exposure.
Prompt removal can prevent illness, so people should get in the habit of checking themselves for ticks at least once a day.