How to protect your family from Lyme Disease

  • When hiking or gardening, keep long hair tied up. Check your clothes and exposed skin for ticks frequently.
  • Stay on cleared and well-travelled trails.  Avoid dense woods and bushy areas. Avoid sitting on the ground or on stone walls.
  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after being outdoors so you can easily find ticks you may have carried home.
  • Tumble-dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes after you come indoors.
  • Consider using insect repellents according to label directions, but be aware that some types may cause eye and skin irritation.

If you have been bitten by a tick, exhibit any symptoms of Lyme disease or have questions about the safety of certain insect repellents, contact your UHS primary care provider.