By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Every spring, the same warnings are issued about ticks but this year, there are concerns it could be worse.

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It’s all tied to the forecast.

The midwest and northeast had a mild winter and with the warmer temperatures, above-average rainfall, and humidity levels returning, insect experts are expecting ticks to thrive.

It’s a major concern for people but also for their pets.

In order to prevent ticks, take time to follow some of these prevention tips:

In your yard, make sure your bushes are trimmed, pick up and debris, and keep the grass short.

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Ticks can often be found in warm, shady areas.

If you’re planning to head out on a hike, make sure to wear long sleeves and pants.

The CDC also recommends applying bug spray with at least 20% picaridin, or “I-R 35-35.”

Once you return home, check for ticks, especially in your knees, armpits, and hair then change your clothes.

There are also ways to prevent ticks from getting inside your home.

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You can learn more about tick prevention at this website.