Now that the snow is melting and the weather is getting warmer, ticks will starting popping up soon. And this year is expected to be worse than average.

The milder-than-normal winter failed to significantly reduce the tick population, which normally happens in the cold season.

22News spoke to Natasha Wright with Braman Termite and Pest Elimination Specialists in Agawam about the risk tick season brings us:

“Our common species are going to be the black-legged tick, also known as a deer tick, that’s going to be a Lyme disease vector and a couple of other things. Then we have dog ticks which can spread Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and then we have the Lonestar tick which doesn’t actually spread many diseases but it can give you something like an allergy to red meat.”

Ticks are easy to avoid with the right precautions.

First, get a bug spray with DEET as an ingredient to repel them.

Second, wear long sleeves, long pants, socks, and high-ankle shoes when walking in high grass. Wearing light colors makes them easier to see, and make sure to inspect overlooked areas like your ears, groin, and armpit.

For your pets, keep your lawn landscaped, and inspect between your pet’s toes and behind their ears. If you find a tick, the best way to remove it is to pull straight up with a tweezer at the base of the bug as close to the skin as you can.