ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It's hard to believe that with as cold as it was for so long anything survived, but experts say it wasn't cold enough to kill off those pesky ticks.
An entomology professor from UW Eau Claire says deer ticks have adapted to the cold winters and came out relatively unscathed.
Although it was frigid outside the ticks keep warm and cozy, even in harsh conditions. That's bad news because entomologists say more ticks are carrying Lyme Disease -- about 35 percent do. It's an infection that left untreated can spread to the joints, heart, and nervous system.
"In an area like ours, in this region where we have such high tick activity, in so many places, that people just have to take steps to protect themselves," Dave Geske, Vector Control Manager, said.
Experts suggest we use insect repellents and avoid tall vegetation to prevent tick bites. They say once we come inside we should check our skin for bites or rashes.