CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Summer is here and that means it's time to look out for ticks.

Experts say they have no reason to believe that this tick season will be worse than normal, but tick-borne diseases like Lyme Disease are on the rise around the nation. 

This summer, Dr. Jeff Wilson at the University of Virginia Health System says to look out for some key symptoms.

“One of the characteristic things, of course, is the bulls-eye rash called erythema migrans, but in addition to the rash, there's lots of people who can also have like non-specific, almost flu-like, symptoms, so you can have fever and fatigue and achy joints and muscles,” he said.

For prevention, Wilson encourages using DEET insect repellant and checking pets for ticks.