I have been out picking up wood that I cut last winter, and every time I step into the woods I am collecting ticks in addition to wood. This year seems worse than I remember any previous year having been. In addition to the large Dog Ticks, we have plenty of smaller Deer Ticks as well. I usually don't bother with repellant and just take a shower after a couple of hours in the woods. It seems to take a tick a couple of hours to latch on, and if I shower sooner than that I don't have problems. If I can find the time to spend more than an hour or two collecting wood, I'll have to find a better system for avoiding tick bites. Anyone know what makes one year better or worse for ticks than another year? Is it weather in the spring, Winter weather? Sunspots?