UNDATED -- Ticks which carry Lyme Disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis are starting to emerge from the winter.  The ticks are coming out now that the snow has melted and the ground is warming up.

David Neitzel is an epidemiologist with the Minnesota Department of Health. He says even though the ticks are getting a later start than last year, their numbers should be plentiful this season.

Neitzel says if you are in woods and long grasses, use a repellant with permethrin.

Neitzel says they have had a report of ticks being spotted as early as April 6th, but snow after that date pushed back the tick emergence.