This time of the year, ticks are a very real threat in the Connecticut and New England area. If you are hiking, or spending time outdoors in a grassy or wooded area, there is a large chance you could be bit by a deer tick. Here’s the good news: With precautions, you can avoid getting bitten by a deer tick and lower your chance of getting lyme disease.

Avoid Getting Bitten by a Deer Tick. Here’s how:
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  • Use Insect Repellant: Use repellants that contain the common ingredient DEET. It provides protection against many biting insects. The Environmental Protection Agency and Center for Disease Protection have tools to help you pick the best repellant for you.
  • When hiking, walk in the center of trails and avoid tall vegetation.
  • Wear long sleeves, socks and pants when in the woods/hiking. This includes in your own yard.
  • Make sure to check all parts of your body...especially these: (use a mirror if needed)
    • Under the arms
    • Behind the ears
    • In the scalp
    • Inside the belly button
    • Back of the knees
    • In and around all body hair
    • Between the legs
    • Around the waist
  • Check your pet for ticks as they may carry them into the house.

With precautions, this season can be spent tick-free. Need a tick removed? We do that too.  For more information or any questions feel free to give us a call at 860-357-6899 or stop by our New Britain AFC urgent care center where we have professionals available 7 days a week. We’re open 7 days a week, no appointment needed.