Pennsylvania Department of Health cautions all residents to take precautions against tick bites while participating in outdoor activities. Ticks are most active between the months of May through September byt can be found year-round. Pennsylvania ranks third in the nation in Lyme disease incidence (57.4 per 100,000 persons), over six times higher than the overall national rate. There are also several other tickborne diseases reported in the state.
To avoid being bitten by ticks
If you find an attached tick, you should promptly remove it using fine-tipped tweezers. The Centers for Disease Control provides guidance on the removal of ticks at https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/removal/index.html
photo by James Occi, MA, MS