Flowers are blooming, spring is in full swing and so are insects, with ticks being especially active right now.
Ticks are active all summer long however you'll start to see a lot of them at the beginning of spring. Experts say to stay away from tall grasses and if you are out keep on the trails.
The Spokane River is one of Steven Bishop and his dog Blue's favorite places.
"I've been walking down here for 20 years," said Bishop.
It's also a popular spot to find ticks.
"Oh, I was covered with them," said Bishop about a recent trip.
With flowers and grasses in bloom ticks are very active. Climbing out to the very edge of small shrubs and tall grasses they wait to catch a ride and some lunch.
"I'll see one crawling across my chest or wherever the dog is lying I'll see one crawling across the floor," said Bishop.
Ticks feed on blood by burying their heads under the skin of people and animals and can cause infections like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Relapsing Fever, Lyme Disease and tick paralysis.
"Tick disease in our area is actually pretty rare," said Steve Main.