How to prevent tick bites
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▪ Use repellent. Lyme disease is just one of seven pathogens spread by deer ticks, and tick season this year “could be worse than ever.” When outdoors, avoid tall grass or brush when possible and protect yourself by covering bare skin, using repellent with at least 20 percent DEET, and by treating clothing with permethrin.
▪ Check yourself. Check your whole body for sesame seed–size ticks, removing clothing and using a mirror for hard-to-see areas, paying special attention to your hair, underarms, belly button, and groin. Don’t panic if you find a tick—it needs 24 to 48 hours to transmit Lyme. But if you develop achy joints or find a ring-shaped rash, see a doctor ASAP.
▪ Control your domain. Keeping the lawn mowed reduces ticks’ ability to latch onto passersby. The pests will be further deterred by a 3-foot-wide barrier of gravel or wood chips between the lawn and wooded areas.
Source: The Wall Street Journal ■