Prevention Of Lyme Disease Is Better Than A Cure

Some of the best methods of prevention

• avoid tick infested areas – wooded and brushy areas, high vegetation
• wear light colored clothing so ticks can be more readily seen
• wear long sleeved shirts, long pants tucked into socks and a wide brimmed hat
• immediately put your clothes in the laundry when you get home from being outdoors to avoid introducing ticks into your house
• carefully check yourself for ticks each day if moving through tick infested areas, especially behind the ears, on the back of the head, groin, armpits and back of the knees. The transmission of the spirochete CAN occur within twenty four hours of the tick attaching, so prompt removal is best.
• mow the grass in the backyard
• keep mulch and leaf litter away from the main entrance to the house
• remove leaf litter, brush and weeds at the edge of the lawn
• trim shrubs overhanging play areas and walkways
• move firewood piles and bird feeders away from the house
• move swing sets and sand boxes away from the woodland edge and place them on a wood chip or mulch type foundation
• adopt hardscape and xeriscape landscaping techniques with gravel pathways and mulches
• manage pet activity; keep dogs and cats out of the woods to reduce ticks brought into the home
• put up fencing to keep deer out of your yard!