1. Spending time in grassy or wooded areas. Deer ticks are most often found in the Northeast and Midwest United States.
2. Having areas in your yard where small rodents, particularly mice, like to hang out. Bird feeders, wood piles, stone walls are good places for the mice to hide. In the first two stages of life, deer ticks in the United States feed on mice and other rodents, which are a prime source for Lyme disease bacteria. Adult deer ticks feed primarily on white-tailed deer.
3. Indoor/outdoor pets can bring infected ticks into the house. The ticks drop off the animal and can then bite and infect a person. Check your pets for ticks.
4. Exposed skin is risky, particularly if you are in an area where ticks are common. Ticks attach easily to bare skin. That’s why wearing long sleeves and long pants as well as using a tick repellent is advised whenever going through tall weeds and grasses.
5. Not removing ticks quickly. According to experts, bacteria from a tick bite can enter your bloodstream if the tick stays attached to your skin for 24 to 48 hours or longer. Tick checks are recommended if you’ve been out in the woods.
The Lyme test is not intended to be used in place of a physician visit. Seek medical advice for further information.