How to avoid ticks
40,000 cases of lyme disease are documented in the U.S. every year. Warmer winters and fewer rodents make it worse because ticks need to look for other hosts - us! Here are some tick-prevention strategies to keep you, your family and pet protected:
1.) SHADE AND HUMIDITY: Ticks are not out in the middle of your lawn, they live where yards border wooded areas, or anywhere it is shaded and there are leaves with high humidity. Place a layer of wood chips between your grass yard and the woods edge. Ticks are attracted to the wood chips because of the shade and moisture it provides.
2.) TICK CHECKS: Do periodic tick checks on yourself, children, and pets, and carefully remove any found. Wear light colored clothing so ticks are easier to find.
3.) AVOID SITTING: Remember - ticks cannot fly, they crawl up. Avoid sitting directly on the ground, woodpiles or fallen logs - areas where ticks love to live. When on a hike, bike, or walk try to remain in the center of a trail in order to minimize your exposure.
4.) CLOTHES MATTER: Tick repellent clothing for adults, kids, and dogs is available. The repellency is odorless, invisible and long-lasting.
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