(WWLP) – With warmer weather comes an increased risk for you or your pet to pick up a tick while strolling outside.

Ticks are most active from April through September, and can transmit illnesses like Lyme Disease.

They live in grassy or wooded areas, and most people get a tick from camping, walking their pet, or even spending time in their yard.

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The CDC recommends using insect repellents to keep the bugs at bay and to always check your clothes, your body, and your pet for ticks after being outside.