New Hampshire has one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation. Here are some ways to prevent tick bites that can cause this debilitating illness.
Use natural products/sprays prior to venturing outdoors that contain cedar oil, peppermint, citronella, tea tree, eucalyptus or neem oil.
If you are out in the woods, fields or even gardening in your back yard, wear long sleeves, hat and tuck your pants into your socks-not the most fashionable, but will help prevent ticks from crawling up your leg!
Use a lint brush on your clothes, back packs and shoes after being outside, then do a full body tick check.
If you have outdoor pets, check them daily for ticks before letting them back in the house.
Put your clothes that you have worn outside in the dryer on high heat immediately after use.
Studies have shown consuming garlic helps prevent tick bites-apparently they don’t like the taste on your skin!
Enjoy the outdoors and be safe!