The mild winter has resulted in an early start to tick season in Kentucky. "Ticks survive the winter down on the ground so they are not very well protected," explains entomologist Dr Lee Townsend, "when we have a mild winter many more of them survive than normal.
Since our winter was mild and the weather warmed up so quickly this year they became active sooner."
Dr. Townsend, who works at the University of Kentucky, say the pests have been reported three to four weeks earlier than normal.
Veterinarians also warn to watch out for pests on your animals.
"They carry rocky mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease, two things that can cause problems for humans and animals. You and I might know when we get bit, but when the tick gets on a dog, unless you notice them you'll never know. A lot of times they'll bites them, get into its blood mill, falls off we as owners don't even know they were exposed."
The two most common ticks in Kentucky do not carry Lyme disease.
According to the AP, western Kentucky, Graves County agricultural extension agent Kenny Perry says he's had calls about ticks for more than a month.
Perry County AG extension agent Charles May says he's seeing tickets earlier than before in his region of eastern Kentucky.