This is the time of year when Virginia sees more cases of ticks transmitting Lyme disease to humans. According to the Virginia Health Department several parts of this region have more cases of Lyme disease than others.
"Lynchburg for quite a few years has been a hot bed for Lyme disease," said David Gaines an entomologist with the Virginia Department of Health. " It runs mostly in and around the city of Lynchburg."
Gaines also said Montgomery County, parts of Giles County, Christiansburg, both sides of the Shenandoah Valley and the Route 29 corridor are also seeing a fair amount of Lyme disease.
The reason? Most likely the terrain, specifically areas that used to be farmland and forest that are now residential areas. "There's there's still plenty of woods and fields for deer to feed in and to hide in," said Gaines. That means there are also woods for ticks to hide in, Gaines said.
Gaines says your best defense is being aware. If you're in a tick habitat, such as in the leaves underneath trees, wear repellents, tuck your pants into your socks, and do a tick check on yourself and your pets after you've been out.