The horrible winter so many of us went through was actually great - if you were a tick, that is. Turns out that the lasting snow cover provided insulation to the ticks. We're being warned about a bumper crop of ticks for 2014 - and earlier than ever. Many subscribers have reported already finding ticks on their horses, dogs and themselves.
For more information on control and protection, see our story on ticks.
You can also download the CDC's pamphlet on tickborne illnesses, which was updated in 2014.
Remember, Lyme disease is a big problem in horses, and it's transmitted by deer ticks.