Preventing Lyme Disease

Understand the risks
  • The risk of Lyme disease is year round.
  • Highest risk late spring to early summer.
  • Learn to enjoy the outdoors SAFELY.
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  • Stay on marked trails.
  • Stay out of tall grass & un-cleared areas of the forest floor.
  • Don’t crawl or roll in leaves.
  • Low-risk areas are athletic fields or cut lawns.
Inspect for ticks
  • Parents should inspect the entire body daily for ticks.
  • Shower daily.
  • Common sites of attachment: underarm, navel, groin, buttocks.
Repellents, Insecticides, & Protective Clothing

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To make the most informed risk reduction and health protection decision, look for EPA-registered products that give protection-time information on the label. Make sure the product label tells you:

The best decisions are made after considering all of this information. It will allow you to make a more informed decision. Protection times on product labels are based upon information submitted to EPA by manufacturers using approved testing methodology. Look for an EPA registration # on the insect label. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the use of products registered by EPA. This number means the company provided EPA with technical information on the effectiveness of the product against mosquitoes and/or ticks.

For protection over an extended period, use a product with a protection time that fits your level and duration of activity. The length of time you are protected can vary depending on:

Re-apply repellent according to label instructions

The label is your guide to using these products safely and effectively.

You may also want to consider non-chemical ways to deter biting insects: window screens or netting, long-sleeve shirts, long pants, and socks.