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.