There are things worse than Lyme disease you can get from ticks. I have three dogs and we are out in the forest every day. I check my dogs regularly for ticks, last spring, I checked two of the dogs found no ticks and thought the third dog was OK as well. I was very wrong, my German shepherd, was loaded with ticks. I did not realize this until she started displaying symptoms, that looked like sever hip dysplasia. She was losing control of her hind legs, this was pretty sudden, so I loaded her into the truck and took her to the vet.
The vet advised that she had a form of paralysis, associated with tick bites. He gave her some meds and gave me a flea and tick treatment for the other dogs. Her symptoms went away within 12 hours, and after the treatments she had no more problems with ticks, for some reason the other two dogs had no ticks.
After that experience I check all of my animals daily. The highest probability of tick exposure is in the spring, in my locale, after it gets hot and dry, the ticks seem to die off.
I killed a mountain lion that was just a little too inclined to frequent my horse pasture, when we skinned him he was loaded with ticks, I had probably done him a great favor by shooting him.
The most probable cause of tick interaction with humans is from our pets, they go outside lay down in the grass and then bring the ticks in for us to "enjoy"..!
Contracting Lyme disease is on the order of being struck by lightening. The name is derived from one of the first associated cases of the disease in Lyme Connecticut, one of the places I lived when I was in the service. I spent a lot of time in the forest and never even saw a tick during the nearly ten years I lived there.
If you want to see ticks, go to Florida. My grand parents used to live there, on one of our visits when I was a small child, I was out playing with the really neat Spanish moss that hung off the trees. All I remember of that trip was the agony I went through while my mother and grandmother removed all of the ticks that had taken up residence on me.