smiling girl wearing baseball capWearing tick repellent clothing, tucking long pants into socks, having long sleeves, using insect repellent, and staying to the center of paths, is the best way for people to prevent tick bites when they venture outdoors.

The best way to protect yourself and your family from ticks is to:

  1. Prevent them from being on your body,
  2. Inspect yourself, your children, and pets for ticks after being outside, and
  3. Remove any tick you find.

For detailed information about tick prevention and control, see the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Avoiding Ticks. Children aged 2 to 13 are particularly at risk.

An estimated three quarters of all Lyme disease cases are acquired from ticks picked up during activities around the home. Detailed information for outdoor workers can be found via the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Tick-Borne Diseases.

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