Enjoy the great outdoors, but don't forget about the threat of ticks. Ticks can
carry diseases, including Lyme disease.
Try these tips:
Wear light-colored clothing to help you see ticks more easily.
Wear closed shoes or boots, long-sleeve shirts, and pants
Tuck pant legs into socks or shoes for extra protection.
Pull long hair back or wear a hat.
When hiking, stay on trails and avoid bushy areas with tall grass and leaf litter.
Use an insect repellent
with 20% to 30% DEET. Always follow the directions for use carefully.
Check your kids each day for ticks — look in and behind ears, in the groin
area, behind the knees and under the arms. If you find one, remove
it right away. Also remember to inspect pets, clothing, and camping gear, including
backpacks and sleeping bags.