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.
Wear insect-repelling clothes
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Apparel that's treated with the chemical permethrin is proven to repell ticks, and works through 50 washings, says David Brassard, a Virginia-based entomologist who's studied ticks for 20 years. In a recent study, hikers wearing permethrin-treated sneaks, socks, shorts, and T-shirts were up to 74 times less likely to have a tick bite than those without it. We like the BugsAway line from ExOfficio.