Lyme Disease Prevention Preventing tick bites is the best defense against Lyme disease.
Tics begin to rear their ugly little heads in the spring. The tics that are out in the spring are often hard to detect because they are nymph ticks, which means that they are as tiny as a spec of dirt. I found one on my own son this past spring and it was barely visible to the naked eye. In summer the ticks begin to grow so they are easier to spot. They like to hide on your body in warmer places, which means they can crawl under your armpits, up your shirt and pants, and nestle themselves in your hair. This is why it is extremely important to protect every area of your skin with protectant and check your body thoroughly when coming in from outside. I found another tic on my son; hidden under his little arm pit and we had to take him for an emergency visit to get it removed. And this is coming from someone who is hyper vigilant to protecting against tics. Children are very much at risk since they like to roll around in the grass and play in the woods. And if you have a child like my Thomas, the bugs absolutely love him, so I have to apply tic protectant everywhere on him continually throughout the day. It is important to note that Tics are not just found in the woods anymore, they can be at your local park, outside on school play grounds, in baseball and soccer fields. They can be found just about anywhere where grass and trees are present. Some people have even reported being bitten at the beach and in cities.
Often times when autumn comes, people believe that Tick season is over in the Northeast because the weather is cooler. This is absolutely not true. Ticks can live well into November and if we have a mild winter, they can sometimes survive through winter. September and October are particularly dangerous months since Ticks love to live in fallen leaves. Children playing in leaves and those raking leaves should be protected. Those who love to take beautiful autumn walks should be diligent about using protection. I urge everyone to use protection from Ticks until the very cold months of December in the Northeast.