AUGUSTA — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reminds citizens that May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

Carried by the deer tick, Lyme disease has been increasing each year in Maine, said Dr. Stephen Sears, Maine’s epidemiologist, in a press release.

As the weather continues to get warmer, more ticks will be out in the open, and most infections occur during the summer months.

Symptoms include fatigue and neurological problems.

Maine CDC recommends the following:

* Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Light-colored clothing is best, because ticks are more visible on lighter colors.

* Use insect repellent.

* Perform daily tick checks. Ticks must be attached for 24 to 48 hours before the bacteria can be transmitted.

Checking for ticks on your clothing and pets is also important, the CDC says.

Ticks may be very small and difficult to see.

Lyme disease has been identified in all 16 counties of Maine, the release states.