Warm winter means early tick season in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Forestry Commission

officials say it's time to watch out for ticks.

Wildlife officials say the warm winter may have the

blood-sucking insects hungrier than usual for this

early in the


Experts recommend people wear long pants and long sleeves when

spending time in the woods, thick

underbrush or other places ticks

are often found. They also suggest checking for ticks on yourself

and others as soon as you get inside and washing clothes worn i

the woods in hot water.

Ticks can carry several diseases, including Lyme disease. Both

Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell and U.S. Rep.

Joe Wilson have been

sickened by the illness in the past several months.