5 Tips to Prevent Lyme Disease in the Outdoors

Lyme disease has spread and occurring more regularly around the globe – it has become crucial to prevent exposure actively.

Below are some tips to help you avoid Lyme and still experience the awesome outdoors. Lyme disease typically starts with a bite from an infected deer tick.

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1. Protective Clothes

One of the perfect ways to limit the hazard of coming in contact with Lyme disease ticks is to dress appropriately. If you plan on spending a lot of time in a wooded area, wear a long-sleeved shirt with buttoned cuffs and pants. Tuck your top into the pants.

2. Clothing Color

Wear light-colored clothing. Deer ticks are dark, so it will be easier to spot one on your clothes and remove it. 

3. Footwear

Wear hiking boots. It’s best to wear boots that go up to the calves. If you are also wearing pants, the pants’ legs go over the boots to make it difficult for a tick to come in contact with your skin.

If you wear short boots, consider tucking your pants into your socks.

4. Repellent

Spray insect repellent on your pants, socks, and footwear. The repellent will not kill the tick but will make you less attractive to them.

5. Stay in Clearings

While in the woods, stay in approved area, within the clearings, and on paths to reduce the chance of a bite. Lyme disease ticks are usually found in the underbrush and overgrown sections.