One of the nice things about winter? You can go for a walk in the woods and not be besieged by insects. But not all bugs are dormant during the cold months. As soon as the ground temperature gets above freezing, the tick that carries Lyme disease becomes active. If you can see mud, there could be hungry deer ticks out looking for lunch.
Anne Zajac is professor of parasitology at Virginia Tech. Her specialty is studying earthworms, but a couple of strange discoveries soon had her doing a ground breaking scientific field study about a different species.