Tick and Lyme Disease Prevention
Lyme Disease is caused by Deer Tick bites, most commonly located in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, or Upper Mid-West states. Ticks are active year-round but often increase activity in Spring and Summer.
- Deer Ticks are small (the size of a poppy seed).
- If you live in a high Lyme or Deer Tick state, check yourself and your children for ticks when coming inside.
- If you see an embedded tick, remove it with tweezers.
- Wear long pants when hiking in high-tick areas such as wooded or brushy areas.
- Use bug repellent on shoes, socks, and exposed skin in high-risk areas or activities.
- DEET-containing repellants are recommended as effective repellents for use on the skin.
- Use 10% DEET for children 2 months to 2 years old and 30% DEET for children 2 years and above.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend the use of DEET on children under 2 months of age.
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