SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Recently we've had some nice and warm weather and people are getting outside to take advantage of it.
But if you're going to be outside you need to watch out for ticks. They can be as small as a poppy seed but if they bite you, you can end up with Lyme disease.
The disease often starts with a rash but can become much more serious.
"He actually had paralysis on one side of his face and part of his body. He had it very serious it took him over a year to get over it," said Sally McGee of Cazenovia, New York.
While you should always take preventative measures to protect yourself against ticks year round it's important to be more vigilant during the warmer months from April to September when ticks are most active.
Each time I come to the park or I go into the woods I always worry that I maybe get something on my clothing I don't see it and then get the disease and I've seen people with it.. It's really bad," said Pablo Benitez of Springfield.
"You're first admission is to be smart about prevention, use insect repellents do tick checks remove the tick as soon as possible. The earlier you remove the tick the least chances of transmission," said Dr. Jose Martagon-Villamil of Baystate Medical Center.
The tick needs to be attached to you for 36 to 48 hours for Lyme disease to be transmitted.
To avoid ticks you should try and stay away from wooded, bushy areas and high grass. If you're walking on a trail try and stay in the center.
You should also check your pets for ticks as well.
Also to avoid tick bites you should try and wear long pants instead of shorts.