The best way to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases is to avoid areas where ticks live. This sounds like a simple solution but turns out to be an impractical one, especially for those of us who love the great outdoors. Here are some practical ways you can reduce your risk of being bitten by a tick.
MYTH #1: Lyme always causes a bull’s-eye rash.
FACT: Less than 50% of those infected with Lyme develop a bull’s-eye rash.
MYTH #2: You’ll know when you’ve been bitten by a tick.
FACT: Ticks have a numbing agent in their saliva, so you don’t feel a bite.
MYTH #3: Lyme is an East Coast illness only.
FACT: Although more prevalent in the Northeast and Midwest, Lyme has been reported in all 50 states and is growing globally.
MYTH #4: Ticks fall from trees.
FACT: Despite the myth, ticks don’t fly, jump or fall from trees onto a host. They climb up your body until they attach and feed.
MYTH #5: You have to be near deer to be exposed to deer ticks.
FACT: Not true. Black legged ticks also feed on small mice, squirrels, rabbits, birds, dogs and cats.