How to Prevent Lyme Disease
Avoid contracting this potentially fatal illness
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent yourself from being bitten by a deer tick that carries this dangerous bacterial infection. Deer ticks depend on mammal blood to stay alive, so they’re always on the hunt for a host…all year long. There are a number of precautions you can take to ensure your safety outdoors and inside. Read on to learn more about how to prevent Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
Preventing Lyme Disease
- Wear the right clothing. Light colors allow you to see ticks easily compared to darker fabrics. Covering your skin is important, as well. Wear shoes instead of sandals, especially in areas with tall grass or overgrown vegetation. Long pants tucked into socks and a long-sleeved shirt tucked into pants are also smart to wear.
- Perform tick checks. Scan your clothing and body every so often when you’re outdoors to prevent ticks from embedding themselves in your skin. Then, after coming inside, perform a full-body tick check to ensure that you’re tick-free. Immediately remove any ticks you do find. Do the same for small children and pets.
- Speaking of pets, be sure to check with your veterinarian about tick-prevention methods. There are topical treatments and pills on the market that help repel both ticks and fleas.
- Use an insect repellent that contains at least 20% DEET.
- Spray your shoes with permethrin, an insecticide that helps prevent ticks you come into contact with at ground level.
- Avoid walking through dense vegetation, woods, and overgrown grass. These areas are a popular hiding place for ticks.
- Take a shower immediately after spending time outdoors or possible tick exposure.
- Contact a pest control company like Resolution Pest. We offer a perimeter program that helps protect your yard from tick invasions and other pests. Call us today at 610-337-7378 to schedule a free estimate.
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