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Prevention is key to help avoid tick bites

June 06, 2019 06:00 PM

If you're spending time outdoors, there's a good chance you'll be exposed to ticks and the diseases they carry. In fact, new reports show infected ticks are populating more areas across the country than ever before.

Prevention is key when it comes to avoiding a tick bite.

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Experts recommend wearing light colored clothing - which makes it easier to spot a tick if it has made its way onto your clothes.

Long-sleeved shirts and pants are preferred, and pant legs should be tucked into socks or boots to keep ticks off your skin.

Insect sprays containing DEET will also keep ticks away.

When you come inside, make sure ticks don't hitch a ride into your home.

"When you come inside, remove your clothing, and you should throw them in the washing machine right away, and at that point, you should do a tick check," said Dr. Alan Taege, with Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Taege recommends checking your entire body for ticks - including your ears, underarms, bellybutton, and toes.

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