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The best way to protect yourself against tick-born disease is to avoid tick bites. Taking the following precautions will reduce your chances of tick bites.
- Walk in the center of trails so weeds do not brush against you.
- Apply insect repellant containing DEET (20 to 30%). Always supervise children in the use of repellents. Follow label instructions.
- Always wash hands after using any insect repellent.
- Wear light colored clothing so that ticks are more visible.
- Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Tuck long pants into your socks and boots.
- For added protection, wear a head covering or hat.
- Check yourself and children every 2 to 3 hours for ticks.
- Examine pets for ticks.
- Be sure to wash skin treated with insect repellant when returning indoors.
- After being outdoors, remove clothing and wash and dry at a high temperature.
- If you have an unexplained illness with fever, contact a physician. Be sure to tell your physician of a possible tick exposure.