This past winter in Maryland was very mild, with VERY few days of freezing weather. Consequently, we have a very robust tick population. This is especially true where there are deer and other host animals for ticks, even in your backyard. I encourage you to be outdoors, enjoy the woods, and play in nature. Just pay attention. Make tick checks a part of your daily routine. Be mindful of this so you can truly enjoy your time outdoors and stay healthy.