I have always been an outdoor person & spend 95% of my time cutting grass, trimming hedge and just generally being in the woods. I've lived in the rural South all my life, and am so country I'd make Loretta Lynn look like a city slicker, so I've been off the concrete a time or two. I have never seen the ticks & chiggers as bad as they are here this spring. I spray my clothes with Deet every time I go out, but lately I find several small ticks crawling on me and have had several dug in. We had a little snow fall back around the first part of March which was a "wet" snow and resulted in cedar & pine tree limbs breaking off. In picking up the broken limbs (while snow was still on the ground), I got the worse case of chiggers that I have ever had in my life. Thought I was going to have to go to the doctor they were so bad. Chiggers won't kill you, as far as I know, but ticks worry me. It only takes one to infect you with Lyme disease and that is bad news. I don't know if they are bad everywhere or just here, but be cautious when outdoors.