2013-06-12 / News

Prevent Lyme disease

To prevent Lyme disease, avoid tick-infested habitats such as wooded, brushy or overgrown grassy areas and leaf litter.

Walk in the center of the trail.

Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts or jackets and long pants.

Spray DEET repellents on shoes, hats and edges of sleeves and pants.

Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and shirts into pants.

Wear light-colored clothing so ticks can easily be seen.

Check yourself, family members and pets for ticks after being outdoors. Remove attached ticks immediately.

Bathe within two hours of being outdoors to more easily find ticks on yourself. Also examine gear and clothing for ticks after coming indoors.

Mow the lawn frequently around homes and clear tall grasses and brush from yards and lawn borders. Keep the leaves raked.

Don’t feed the deer. They are a common host for the blacklegged tick that carries Lyme disease.

Plant deer-repelling plants around your property.

Sources: The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control websites.

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