Lyme Disease Prevention
Tick Reduction Tips
There is currently no Lyme disease vaccine available for people. The best way to prevent getting Lyme disease is to reduce your chances of getting bitten by a tick and making sure that no tick is attached for more than a day. Steps you can take include:
- Avoid tick-infested areas, such as tall grasses, whenever feasible.
- Clothes may be pretreated with a tick repellent called permethrin. Other tick repellents are available for treating the skin, but be sure to follow label instructions before using any repellent. The following links are helpful insect repellent guides:
- Do a tick check whenever you return from a potential tick habitat and at least once a day. Remove any attached ticks promptly and carefully by gripping the tick with tweezers as close to the skin as possible and using a gentle steady pulling action. Protect hands with gloves, cloth, or tissue when removing ticks from people or animals.
- Keep ticks off your property by controlling deer and mouse populations - making your property less tick friendly - and consider an annual pesticide application. More information on tick proofing your property is available in the Tick Management Handbook.
- Wear light-colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants and tuck your pants into your socks.