How to avoid ticks | Living the Country Life

How to avoid ticks

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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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