Washington health officials have a message for hikers heading outdoors to enjoy the spring weather: Beware of ticks.Tick season is in full swing in Western Washington, with ticks growing active as the seasons change and more people head outdoors. Health officials are urging people to protect themselves, and their dogs, against ticks, which can carry diseases harmful to humans and animals.To submit a tick to the Washington State Department of Health for identification — a surveillance program funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — print an identification form from the website. Follow instructions on the form to submit the form and tick.For more information about ticks, visit the Washington State Department of Health website.“Yes, we do have ticks around the state, all over the state,” said Liz Dykstra, public health entomologist for the state. “We do have ticks that carry disease. … The risk is there and it’s worthwhile to protect yourself against tick bites.”Those who come across ticks during springtime camping or hiking are urged to mail them to the state health department in Olympia for identification.