If you're an animal lover, here's your yearly reminder that it's almost tick season!

Experts are saying that because of the really warm weather we've had, the eggs will hatch sooner and we'll see ticks earlier than usual (tick season is usually May through August).

Ticks are kinda gross to begin with, and then you read something like this from Yahoo.com -

"Ticks are the arachnid form of vampires. They hang out in blades of grass for a host to come along so they can attach themselves and feed off your blood over days, or until discovered, and they often leave disease behind.

The big concern for humans, according to the CDC, is that most tick infections occur during the "nymph" stage. Those recently hatched ticks are the size of the period at the end of this sentence, and they have four sets of legs and the ability to suck your blood.

In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36-48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted. Infections from ticks, such as Lyme disease (plus babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and anaplasmosisis), are on the rise and are difficult to diagnose. The symptoms are awful: from headaches to long-term joint pain and even heart problems."

See the Michigan Lyme Disease Risk, county-by-county by clicking HERE.