They're only about a millimeter long, and about to dig in fiercely here in the Granite State.

This is the season for tick nymphs in New Hampshire, where they will be tougher than many other parts of the country. According to the Center For Disease Control, due to their not fully grown size, ticks are more dangerous this time of year. Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis, afflictions become more common.

The problem has been on the rise. Cases of vector-borne diseases, meaning they're transmitted primarily by ticks and mosquitoes more than tripled between 2004 and 2016, according to a CDC report released last week. New Hampshire fared well in cases cases of mosquito-borne disease, with 173 over the 12 years, placing sixth fewest in the US.  However, NH recorded the tenth most instances of tick-borne illness, with 13,710.

Fighting both mosquitoes and ticks are still mostly up to residents. According to the Union Leader, New Hampshire doesn't fund or organize mosquito control and only a few towns/cities are involved in coordinated mosquito control efforts Tick control is even less thorough. In the woods, wear clothing that covers your skin, and make sure to follow Brad Paisley's advice.