Ticks are one of the top concerns when trekking outdoors. And for good reason: The Center on Disease Control stats indicate illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S., from 2004 through 2016, skyrocketing to 640,000 cases in that timeframe.
Coupled with the emerging threat of bacteria called Borrelia miyamotoi carried by ticks, and you have all the motivation you need to avoid the nasty bugs.
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 should you come in contact. Here are some rules to follow.