Spring and summer bring warm temperatures, just right for walking in the woods and other outdoor activities. Warm weather also means that ticks become active, and this can lead to the transmission of tickborne disease.
The tickborne diseases most often found in MD-DC-VA are Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis.
One important point to remember is that less than 1% of ticks are infected with any disease. And if the tick is infected, it still takes several hours after it attaches to you to be able to infect you (experts usually quote three hours).