How to Prevent Lyme Disease
How to Protect Yourself from Ticks:
- Avoid areas where ticks live. Ticks like leaf piles, tall grass, wood piles & woods.
- Wear light color clothing, long pants, long shirts, long sock & closed toed shoes. You can also tuck pants into socks.
- Clothes should be treated with permethrin. You can also treat shoes, sheets & duffle bags, sleeping bags, etc. with permethrin.
- Apply EPA-approved tick repellent with at least 20% DEET, 20% Picaridin or 30% natural Lemon Eucalyptus oil. Apply repellent to exposed skin, avoiding face & hands.
- As soon as you get home from a tick infested area put all clothes in a dryer on high for 10 minutes.
Products to use to Protect Yourself & Your Yard from Ticks:
- Tick Tock Natural
- Avon’d Bug Gaurd Plus
- Permethin Premium Clothing Insect Repellent ( i.e Sawyer brand)
- Picaridan Insect Repellent ( i.e Avon brand)
- Tick-N-All (lemon eucalyptus oil)
- Pro-Tick Remedy Tick Remover by Pro- Tick Remedy
- The Original O’ Tom Tick Twister Removal Tool Safe & Easy for pets & humans.
- Damminix 27203 Tick Tubes, 24 pack for you yard.
- Have your clothes permithium treated at www.insectshield.com
- Have tick tubes for your yard at www.ticktubes.com
Additional Tick Prevention Information
- Be aware of the prevalence of tick infestation in your area, especially during the months of May, June and July.
- Avoid wooded areas with overgrown grass, brush and leaf piles.
- Ticks don’t jump or fly. They crawl onto people when we brush up against them, so stay on the trails.
- Wear light colored protective clothing. Tuck your pant legs into your socks to prevent ticks from crawling under your clothing.
- Use Permethrin spray or other insect repellent containing a 20-30% DEET concentration on clothes and exposed skin. (Natural sprays like eucalyptus oils can also be effective.)
- Avoid strong-smelling perfumes and lotions
- Check your clothing daily for ticks that may have attached
- Shower within 2 hours after outdoor activity and inspect your entire body for ticks or bites.
- Check pets for ticks.
- During laundry, dry your clothes in high heat setting.
- Remove any ticks from your skin immediately by following these guidelines for proper removal of a tick.
- Consult your physician immediately, especially if any signs of a rash or Lyme disease symptoms appear.
Early detection is critical. Lyme experts agree that you should consult a physician if you are experiencing the following:
- You were bitten by tick
- A rash of any kind, especially a bulls-eye rash
- You have more than one symptom (Lyme disease is a multisystemic illness)
- Symptoms come and go with good days and bad
- Your pain migrates to other areas of your body
- Symptoms in women may worsen around menstrual cycle
- Symptoms may worsen or improve after each round of antibiotics, but they never go away
- The best test for Lyme are IgG and IgM Western Blots test. The best testing lab is IGeneX labs in Palo Alto, CA. www.igenex.com
Fleas, Mosquitoes, Bed bugs, Flies. & other insects are now carriers of Lyme disease, Bartonella and Babesia.