Safety Tips


You can contract Lyme disease without ever knowing you were bitten by a tick. Ticks can release themselves after biting you.

Not everyone gets the “bullseye rash” that you’ve heard about. In fact, many don’t.

Depending on the expert you ask - regular doctor office Lyme disease tests can be false negative between 20 to well over 50% of the time.

Lyme disease is known as the “great imitator”. There are many other (some say over 100 other) symptoms than the flu-like symptoms and joint pain that you hear about.

A tick can be the size of a poppy seed. It is very important to keep that in mind when doing your tick checks.

Children are at a high risk for Lyme disease for several reasons. They do not just walk on grass. They crawl, play, and roll in the grass. Playgrounds, soccer fields, football fields, parks, etc. can have ticks. It is very important to always do thorough tick checks on children including their hair, behind their ears, and other hard to see areas.

You do not have to live in the country, or be an “outdoors person”, hiker or camper to contract Lyme disease. Ticks could be your suburban yard, your local park, and on your golf course.  People who work outside are also at high risk - utility workers, construction workers, golf course attendants, landscapers, coaches, etc.


When possible - wear light-colored clothing, with your pants tucked into your socks, and use repellent.

Stay on walking paths and do not go into weeded or high grass areas.

Treat your clothing, shoes, and socks with Permethrin. Let them dry overnight before using. Spraying your shoes can last up to 6 weeks.
Spraying these items with Permethrin can provide a reduction in tick attachments.

Remove your clothing in your garage when coming from the outdoors.
Put your clothes in the dryer for 1 hour at high heat.

Pets can bring ticks into your home, which can in turn get on you and your family.
Talk to your veterinarian and make sure they are treated in order to repel and kill the ticks on your pet.

Minimize tick habitats by cutting your grass regularly, raking leaves, controlling weeds, and treating your lawn or using tick tubes.


Remove the tick immediately.

Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.

Pull the tick straight upward with steady, even pressure. Do not twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the remaining tick parts with tweezers.

After removing the tick do not crush it with your fingers. Dispose of a live tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. OR - consider getting the tick tested! In addition to Lyme disease, there are many diseases that ticks can carry. There are a few reliable tick testing companies you can send your tick to and get a report from.

Some Facts About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete, a corkscrew-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. Often called "The Great Imitator," the symptoms of Lyme often mimic other diseases. Lyme disease can affect virtually any bodily organ, including the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, even the heart.

The most often way to contract Lyme is from the bite of a nymphal, or immature tick. Because they are the size of a poppy seed, nymphs are so tiny and their bite so painless that many people do not even realize they have been bitten. A tick can bite you and move on without imbedding itself in your skin. In fact, not every case of Lyme disease results in the often typical "bullseye" rash.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the US.

The real number of cases is much higher because 50% of negative test results are a false negative when standard tests are used.

Lyme disease affects people of all ages and is found throughout the United States and in sixty other countries.

Because Lyme disease can often be difficult to diagnose, many people who actually have Lyme may be misdiagnosed with other conditions.