Prevention is the key to avoid getting Lyme disease, or any of the other potentially serious diseases ticks can carry. The most important prevention measure is to regularly examine yourself and your pets for ticks and remove ticks immediately. If ticks are removed less than 24 hours after becoming attached, the risk of getting Lyme disease is extremely low. You may also consider:

  • Avoiding tick-infested areas
  • Wearing light colored, tightly woven clothing
  • Using insect repellant
  • Tucking pants into socks and tape openings in clothing
  • Conducting a body check upon returning from grassy or wooded areas
  • Checking pets for ticks regularly
  • Wearing clothing and shoes that have been treated with insecticide