Get Ready for an Uptick In Lyme Disease Cases in 2021

With Memorial Day upon us, it's time to double-down on your Lyme Disease preventation. While the pandemic dominated the news for over the past year, the incidence of tick-borne diseases continued to rise in the United States as Lyme Disease and Co-Infections spread to more parts of the country.

Here's what you need to know in order to protect yourself and your family from tick bites this year:

  • Where to expect ticks: We all know that ticks are frequently found in wooded and brushy areas or fields with high grass, but they can also make their home in your back yard. Ticks like to inhabit the shady areas of your yard as well as those areas of your yard that are adjacent to the woods, to a field, or to stone walls/wood piles.

  • Check out the Lyme Disease Association's Guide to Property Prevention: Quick Tricks to Stop Ticks for ways you can make your yard less inviting for ticks.

  • Consider taking part in research effort behind the Tick App that provides info on tick exposure in your area as well as allows you to report tick activity in your area. This research project is performed by Columbia University & the Northeast Center of Excellence for Vector-borne Diseases.

  • What to wear when outdoors: Dressing for success can make all the difference when it comes to preventing a tick bite. Here's what to wear:

  • Wear light-colored, long sleeved shirts & pants.

  • Tuck your pants into your socks & tuck your shirt into your pants.

  • Consider using a tick repellent. Check out the EPA's & EWG's advice on repellents.

  • What to do after spening time outdoors: Time to do a thorough tick check on yourself, your family & your pets. Here's the checklist:

  • Check your clothes, pets, and gear for ticks before entering your home or car.

  • Change out of your clothes completely. You can put dryer-safe clothing articles in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes to remove any clinging ticks.