How to Prevent Lyme Disease

How to Prevent Lyme Disease

What is the Leading Cause of Lyme Disease?

  • Mosquitoes
  • Ants
  • Bees
  • Ticks

Answer: Ticks

Ticks are some pretty nasty little buggers, even if they don’t spread Lyme disease. However, they not only spread the disease, but spread different versions of it so that one person can be infected with more than one version of Lyme at a time. This makes it even more difficult to diagnose Lyme disease in a time when insurance companies seem to do everything they can to avoid even testing for it. The signs are so subtle and tend to look so much like other diseases or disorders, such as MS, that many people go untreated well after the progression starts.

You can prevent this disease by avoiding ticks. Don’t make the mistake of thinking ticks are only found in wooded areas. They are also found in grass, plants, flowers, and on pets. Keep your grass trimmed, and help your pets stay away from grass and wooded areas when you can.

Obviously, neither you or your pets are going to be able to avoid grass and wooded areas all the time, so take some precautions. For the house, consider an ultrasonic pest repellent. For outside use, consider insect spray or wipes, but dress for the occasion, too. Long socks, sleeves, hats and pants make it harder for ticks to get where they want to be, and easier for you to see them before they get on your skin.