BOSTON (CBS) — The CDC is warning that it’s peak tick season.
According to the agency’s tick bite data tracker, emergency room visits for tick bites are typically highest from now until the first week of June. The northeast is by far the worst region in the country for ticks.READ MORE: "Time for the village to step up": Volunteers help ease nationwide baby formula shortage
Ticks carry several diseases, including Lyme disease.READ MORE: Video: Likely tornado spotted in Charlestown, New Hampshire
Health officials say it’s best to avoid wooded, leaf-covered areas to reduce the risk, and to stay away from patches of tall grass.MORE NEWS: Bail hearing postponed for Nathan Carman, charged in mom's death at sea
The CDC recommends using repellent to protect your pets and yourself from ticks.