Officials are advising people heading outdoors to enjoy the sun to wear insect repellant.
The Center for Disease Control has announced that now is the season for ticks and reminds the public that new tickborne illnesses and germs have been identified over the last two decades that have caused an increase in the health threats of Americans.
The CDC states that in 2017, a record number of tickborne diseases were reported by state and local health departments. In 2018, around 60,000 cases of tickborne diseases were reported.
Reducing exposure to ticks is considered by the CDC to be the best prevention against Lyme disease.
The following are steps to protect against tick bites:
- avoid areas that have high grass
- use EPA registered insect repellant
- use products that contain permethrin
- treat dogs for ticks
- shower after spending time outdoors
- put clothes in dryer for 10 minutes on high heat to kill ticks