Minnesota's tick season has already begun, and experts say the parasites are hungry after a long winter.
"We found our first deer ticks of the year April 12. Then we had that huge snowstorm and they relaxed for a while, but we're seeing them again this week," Metropolitan Mosquito Control District tick specialist Janet Jarnefeld said.
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The year's heavy snowfall actually helped tick populations by insulating their winter habitat, Jarnefeld said.
So how to deal with the pests? Here are Jarnefeld's tips to prevent tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease: