BABYLON - Long Islanders should brace for an increase in tick problems this summer as the tiny bloodsuckers are expected to turn out in full force.

Mosquito Squad owner Ed Rhoades says it's going to be a bad tick and mosquito season due to the effects of Superstorm Sandy. He says ticks like to hide in debris and moist, shady areas near drain pipes and along the base of homes.

Rhoades says Long Islanders should clear debris from their yards and avoid plants that attract deer, which carry ticks. He also says tick and mosquito spray, as well as long pants, are smart ways to combat the insects.

Homeowners can also ask a professional to apply a barrier spray to kill ticks and mosquitoes on the spot.