Ticks are an important disease vector in the United States.
Preventing tick bites is the best way to avoid becoming ill.
Apply repellent such as DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide),
picaridin, or IR3535 to prevent ticks from attaching to your skin.
Repellents with permethrin can be used on clothing, shoes, tents,
and gear. Always follow product instructions!
Dress so your skin is covered in light-colored clothing when you
are in an area when ticks might be present.
Walk in the center of the trail.
Check your body and your child's body for ticks after spending
time in a place where ticks are likely to be found.
Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering
within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your
risk of being bitten by a tick.
Check your pet for ticks. Talk to your veterinarian about
products that keep ticks off your pets.
Prevent tick infestations around your home by landscaping your
yard to be a tick-free zone.