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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that approximately 300,000 people in the U.S. get Lyme disease each year. Lyme disease is contracted through tick bites so the best way to prevent contraction is to prevent tick bites.

Use a High-Quality Tick Repellent

The best way to prevent contracting Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites. The most effective method of prevention is using a tick repellent. For those that worry about using chemicals on their skin there are organic tick control options.

Cover Up Bare Skin

Ticks are often found in tall grass and latch onto bare skin. If you plan on hiking through long grass you might want to wear long pants and long sleeves to cover up any exposed skin. It’s also a good idea to tuck pants legs into your socks to prevent ticks from getting onto your legs underneath your pants.

Wear Light Colored Clothes

Ticks are very dark, a dark grey/black color. If you wear lighter colors it will be easy to distinguish them when they’re crawling on your clothes. Hopefully this way you can get rid of them before they latch onto your skin.

Regularly Check Your Pets

Dogs and cats are more susceptible to tick bites than people because they spend a lot of time outdoors and don’t have a protective barrier like clothing. Ticks can latch onto your pets and then be released around your home. It’s a good idea to regularly check your pets for ticks, and if you find any immediately remove and properly dispose of them.

Conduct Inspections and Shower After Hiking

People should take off their clothes and do a full body inspection after being exposed to high-risk areas. If you’re by yourself make sure to use a mirror to see your backside. Body inspections should be followed by a shower. It can take a couple of hours for ticks to transmit Lyme disease so the sooner you can remove it the better.