Ticks are around throughout much of the year in Virginia, but are especially a danger from now into the early fall.
Epedimiologist Stephanie Goodman with the Rappahannock Area Health District says ticks can carry Lyme disease, which can cause health problems for many months. Within 36 hours of a tick attaching to the skin, the lyme disease infection can enter the blood stream. If you get infected you'll know it too. A bulls eye-like rash will form around the bite mark and could end up being up to 12 inches wide.
To help protect yourself, always wear long sleeved, light clothing and a bug repellant in the woods. When you get done, make sure you inspect your clothes and skin for any bugs and throw them in the wash. Left untreated, an infected tick bite could even lead to neurological or heart problems.