It’s that time of year where you have to watch out for ticks. Extension agents explain that there is an uptick in ticks in Virginia this year due to the mild winter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported there were nearly 60,000 cases of the tickborne disease reported to them by health departments across the U.S last year. In Virginia, you’ll find Blacklegged ticks, Lonestar ticks, American dog ticks, and Brown dog ticks. Diseases that come from ticks include Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain, and of course the Alpha-gal, which is the meat allergy. So how do you protect yourself from becoming a tick’s next host? Experts said using Permethrin works great. You spray Permethrin on your shoes, socks, and clothing to repel and kill ticks before they can even bite you.