Lyme Disease Prevention
How To Avoid Ticks This Summer
Summer is here and many people are heading outside to embrace the sunshine. One popular outdoor, social-distancing activity is hiking! Whether it is a hill, mountain, or even a trail in a wooded area, hitting the trails is one of the best ways to get some fresh air and exercise.
As annual temperatures across the United States are rising, environmentalists are warning that ticks are spreading into new areas. Most commonly, they are found living in tall grass, on leaves, and in bushes in the woods or on walking trails. Ticks carry the bacteria that cause Lyme Disease, which can lead to flu-like symptoms, joint pain, fatigue, and a bullseye rash where the tick bites.
Here are some tips to avoid ticks and still embrace nature:
- Wear long pants and sleeves if possible. This can make it more difficult for the tick to make contact with your skin.
- Wear light colors. Ticks are small, round, and dark brown. If you wear light colors, it may be easier to see if you have a tick on your shoes, pants, or shirt.
- Wear a hat. A hat can protect you from getting ticks in your hair, which can be very difficult to see.
- Use bug spray. Most bug sprays have ingredients that can help repel ticks.
- Check yourself. Before you get in your car to go home, check yourself as best as you can to see if you picked up any ticks on the hike.
Hiking is still a great way to get some fresh air and exercise. Taking steps to prevent picking up ticks on the trail can keep us healthy all summer long.