How to minimize your chances of contracting Lyme disease
Ticks attach to clothing, then typically walk upward, but they can’t bite through fabric. When you’re walking through forests, brush or tall grass, tuck your shirt into your pants and your pant legs into your socks or wear gaiters (above). Wear light-coloured clothing so you can spot ticks more easily, and apply bug repellent with DEET to your skin, clothes and footwear.
Tick bites are typically painless, so you may not know you’ve been bitten. Within two hours after being outdoors, it’s a good idea to bathe and check your body for ticks. Pay close attention to your hair, underarms, belly button, in and around your ears, behind your knees, between your legs and around your waist.