Here's some information that's sure to get you scratching:
According to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), the number of tick-related illnesses is on the rise.
In 2011, there were 650 cases of tick-related illnesses reported. That's triple the number of cases reported in 2010. And this year is on track to be even worse, according to the ADH.
The ADH attributes the increase to the recent mild winters. Also, because they haven't been dormant, the ticks are likely to be hungry earlier in the year.