Ticks Avoiding the Summertime Blues from Ticks and Mosquitoes By Rich Egger • May 17, 2018 Wikimedia Commons The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDHP) said disease cases from tick and mosquito bites in the state increased 58% from 2005 to 2016. Director Nirav Shah said simple precautions can help stymie the biting insects. Missouri Death Linked to Tick-Borne Virus Raises Questions about Midwest Ticks By Alex Smith • Sep 14, 2017 Alex Smith for Harvest Public Media Tammy Wilson loved the outdoors and was happy to spend her days working at Meramec State Park in the central part of Missouri. Her family often stopped by to see her, most recently at the end of May. McDonough County Identified As Tick-Populated By Frannie Smith • Jul 2, 2014 Frannie Smith / Tri-States Public Radio News People are not the only ones who take advantage of the outdoors in the summer. Ticks flock the many hiking trails, camping grounds, and fishing spots throughout the area.