It’s a product pitch, to be sure, but a news release from the makers of Insect Shield clothing is relevant just the same because tick season is upon us.
Of special concern is the increase in deer ticks — the tiny buggers that can carry Lyme disease — across parts of northern Minnesota and northeast North Dakota. Just the thought of deer ticks gives me the willies, and according to the news release, 40,000 cases of Lyme disease are documented in the U.S. every year.
To minimize your risk of encountering ticks, the news release offered these tips:
Your yard: Ticks are not out in the middle of your lawn, they live where yards border wooded areas, or anywhere it is shaded and there are leaves with high humidity. Place a layer of wood chips between your grass yard and the woods edge. Ticks are attracted to the wood chips because of the shade and moisture it provides.
Tick checks: Do periodic tick checks (on yourself, children and pets) and carefully remove any found. (Wear light colored clothing so ticks are easier to find.)
Outdoor pursuits: When on a hike, bike, or walk try to remain in the center of a trail in order to minimize your exposure. Remember – ticks cannot fly, they crawl up. Avoid sitting directly on the ground, woodpiles or fallen logs – areas where ticks love to live.
Personal protection: Wear tick repellent clothing.
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