Show Mobile Search Hide Mobile Search Show Mobile Social Media Hide Mobile Social Media Show Mobile Menu Hide Mobile Menu
Visit us on Facebook  Visit us on YouTube  Visit us on Twitter     View our Video Tour

Lyme Disease Prevention

Deer ticks live in shady, moist areas at ground level. They will cling to tall grass, brush and shrubs, especially at the edges of woods and around old stonewalls, usually no more than 18-24 inches off the ground. Deer ticks get on humans and animals only by direct contact. They cannot jump or fly. Once a tick gets on the skin, it generally climbs upward until it reaches a protected area. Here are tips for protecting yourself and your family:

  • Wear light-colored clothing.
  • Wear enclosed shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
  • Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and shirt into pants.
  • Check clothes and any exposed skin frequently for ticks while outdoors.
  • Consider using insect repellent.
  • Stay on clear, well-traveled trails. Walk in the center and avoid dense woods and bushy areas.
  • Avoid sitting directly on the ground or on stonewalls.
  • Keep long hair tied back.
  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after going indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and find more easily the ticks that may be on you.
  • Do a final, full body tick check at the end of the day.
  • Check children and pets and remove ticks promptly.

How to properly remove a tick

For more information on Tick and Lyme Disease go to http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/lyme. and http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/prev.

Click here to view our flyer on Lyme Disease Prevention.

Get Acrobat Reader - Download to view PDFs


© 2018 Montgomery County, New York  |  All Rights Reserved
Contact the Webmaster   |   Employees

*NOTE: Links marked with an asterisk are not managed by Montgomery County. They are provided for your convenience only. We bear no responsibility for their content.
*External sites may require a subscription for viewing content.