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Tick Prevention

The best prevention against contracting Lyme disease is to avoid a tick attaching itself to you or your pet.  Ticks live in wooded, brushy areas that provide food and cover for white-footed mice, deer and other mammals.  This habitat also provides the humidity ticks need to survive.  Exposure to ticks may be greatest in the woods (especially along trails) and the fringe area between the woods and border. Blacklegged ticks search for a host from the tips of low-lying vegetation and shrubs, not from trees.  Generally, ticks attach to a person or animal near ground level. 

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Here’s what you can do to avoid getting a dreaded tick bite:

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or permetherin
  • Wear closed-toe shoes and long-sleeved clothing
  • Tuck your pants into your socks. You’ll look a bit ridiculous, but it works!
  • Wear light coloured clothing to help you spot potential ticks easier
  • Wash yourself as soon as you get home to get rid of any loose ticks
  • Do a full body check on yourself, your kids, or your pets if you’ve come back from a tick prone area

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