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!
• Check your body and your child's body for ticks after spending time in a place where ticks are likely to be found.
• Check your pet for ticks. Talk to your veterinarian about products that keep ticks off your pets.
• Dress so your skin is covered in light-colored clothing when you are in an area when ticks might be present.
• Prevent tick infestations around your home by landscaping your yard to be a tick-free zone.
• 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.
• Walk in the center of the trail
For more information, see Prevention of Tick-borne diseases
Tick-borne Disease Brochure (590 KB PDF)
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