The Center on Disease Control predicts 300,000 new cases of tick-borne Lyme disease will be contracted this summer – particularly in hotspots along the Northeast coast and upper Midwest. Add the emerging threat of a bacteria called Borrelia miyamotoi, also carried by ticks, and you have all the motivation you need to avoid this nasty bug. If you go outdoors at all this summer, you risk coming in contact with ticks, but you can lower the risk of getting bit in the first place, and of letting the disease get the better of you if you do come in contact. Here are some rules to follow.
Apply a chemical-free spray
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Buzz Away Extreme, used by graduate students who drag for ticks at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, works well to keep ticks off skin, says lab director Eva Sapi, Ph.D. Just make sure to reapply it hourly.