Graham Hickling

As you spread out on the lawn to watch fireworks this Fourth of July, you might pick up a tick or two. Tick-borne illnesses have been on the rise across the country and the tick that is most likely to transmit Lyme disease in our area—the black-legged tick—has seen a population boom in the past few years.

Lyme disease isn't easy to live with, just ask Donna Ross of Kalamazoo.

Winter's heavy snowfall was beneficial to some bugs such as ticks

Ticks can carry Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

98 cases of Lyme Disease were reported in Michigan last year, most of them along the western shoreline and in the Upper Peninsula