The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid outdoor spaces where deer ticks live and breed. This includes tall grass, brush and forest areas. But for many of you, that simply isn’t realistic, or even what you want to do. I get it. I don’t want to spend my life indoors either.
The CDC reported just this week that in recent years there has been a dramatic increase in vector-borne diseases (VBD), the most prevalent of which is Lyme disease. Covering this story, the New York Times stated,
“The number of people getting diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in the United States in recent years.”
So for you who like to venture out and explore this great big world, it is essential to know how to protect yourself from ticks.
How To Avoid Ticks And Prevent Lyme Disease
1. Wear light-colored clothing.
This makes ticks easier to spot so you can get rid of them before they reach your skin.
2. Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
Button all the buttons so sleeves are tight around the wrists.
3. Tuck pants into long socks and boots.
This prevents ticks from crawling up your legs.
4. Stay in the middle of trails.
Don’t venture off into high grasses or forest areas because ticks are more prevalent there.
5. Maintain your yard and keep the grass cut and hedges trimmed.
Here is a great article to help you tick-proof your yard.