Lyme disease is a serious infection spread by a bite from a deer tick.
Although not all ticks carry the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, it is important to avoid ticks.
Keep ticks away...
• Mow your lawn often and remove brush from your property.
• Stack wood neatly and in dry areas.
• Playground toys, decks, and patios should be away from wooded areas.
Keep deer away...
• Do not feed deer on your property.
• Make a barrier to keep deer from going into your yard.
• Remove plants that attract deer. Check with a garden center for a list of deer-resistant plants to use in your landscaping.
Keep ticks off...
• Stay out of wooded areas with high grass and leaf litter.
• Use insect repellent containing 20-30% DEET on skin and clothing. Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Always follow product label instructions for use.
• Wear long pants, long sleeves, and socks when outdoors. After coming indoors, bathe or shower and wash and dry your clothes using high heat to kill any ticks that may be on your clothing.
• Do daily full-body tick checks on yourself and on your children after being outdoors. Young ticks can be smaller than a pencil point, so check your body thoroughly.
• Removing ticks from your skin within 36 hours will likely prevent Lyme disease.
Call your doctor if...
• A tick embedded in your skin is engorged with blood;
• A tick has been embedded in your skin for more than 36 hours;
• You find more than one tick embedded in your skin; or
• A "bull's-eye" rash shows up at the site of a tick bite.
For more information: www.cdc.gov/lyme/