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Creepy crawlies ticking off residents in Mid-Columbia

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An Easter stroll on Bateman Island turned into an all-night battle for Arnold Porter of Kennewick and his miniature schnauzer, Roxy.

Walking the trails on the Richland island, Porter didn’t realize the underbrush was infested with ticks — not until he discovered one crawling up his arm hours later.

“I’ve found one once in a while after I’d been out hiking so I didn’t think much about it,” he said.

Roxy, 1 1/2, gets regular doses of a common tick…

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