NORTH CAROLINA -- With summer approaching quickly, more people will spending time outdoors, which means there are more chances of tick and mosquito bites.

According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, tick and mosquito borne infections cause illnesses and deaths in North Carolina each year.

But due to the mild winter and wet spring, health officials say 2017 could be one of the worst years ever for ticks in North Carolina.

Not only are they annoying, but they can also make you very sick.

Tick borne diseases in North Carolina include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and ehrlichiosis.

These diseases are diagnosed from all regions of the state and can be acquired at any time of year.

However, the vast majority of infections occur in the months of June through September.

Doctor Cherece Grier with the Cone Health Center For Children says tick borne diseases are not very common around the Triad so you might not even notice it right away.

"If you do have a rash that develops after a tick bite or if they develop a fever or if they just seem like they aren't right to you, definitely bring them to the pediatrician as soon as possible," said Grier. "There is medication we can give them if we are concerned for tickborne disease."

The State has these helpful tips to protect yourself from ticks:

• Be aware that ticks live in wooded, grassy, or brushy areas.
• Use tick repellent that contains DEET on exposed skin.
• Remove a tick by grasping it with tweezers as close as possible to your skin and apply a steady gentle pull until it releases.