Its been a very mild winter here in the northeast and I know it has been in other areas of the country. I assume that means that the tick population will be extremely prolific this year. Ive had ticks on me every month this winter whenever Ive gone walking in the woods. Make sure you check yourselves and your kids for ticks if you are outside at all, even in your yard. This is a very good site to look at for info into all the different tick borne diseases and where these types of ticks can occur. http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/ Steven had Lyme disease after he was dxd with diabetes. I remember the only symptom he had of Lyme was a swollen knee but his BGs had been running higher for the week preceding his being diagnosed with Lyme.