A bite from an infected tick can cause a number of ills, including Lyme disease. But taking precautions before going outside can help protect you.
Here are suggestions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Know where ticks are likely to gather, and try to avoid them. Steer clear of tall, thick vegetation.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and spray clothing with .5 percent permethrin insect repellent. Use repellent that contains at least 20 percent DEET, picaridin or IR3535 on any uncovered skin.
- Check yourself and your children for ticks daily. Favorite hiding spots include the armpits, ears, belly button, waist, head, hair, between the legs and behind the knees.
- If you find a tick, remove it quickly with fine-tipped tweezers. Look for warning signs of Lyme disease, such as rash or fever.