West Virginia health officials say the tick population is ever increasing in the Mountain State.

Public health entomologist Eric Dotseth says the West Virginia Department of Health conducts surveys throughout the Mountain State to monitor the tick population.

Ticks spread disease among humans as well as pets. Last year there was an outbreak of Lymes Disease in some West Virginia counties.

Lymes Disease is a serious health problem when it goes undetected.

The most prevalent WV tick is the blacklegged tick, known as the deer tick.

Health experts have not determined why the population is increasing.

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