Lyme Disease PreventionWe all want to have a good time catching catfish. But there are some things that we need to remember before we go out so that we can continue having fun. Nobody wants to be sidelined by a tick bite. So remember: 1. Try to avoid areas that are wooded and brushy with lots of leaf litter or tall grass. These are particularly attractive to ticks. 2. May, June, and July are prime time for ticks. Take extra precautions during these months. 3. If you have to be in an area that is likely to have ticks, try to stay in the middle of the path and avoid brushing against bushes and tall grass. 4. To repel ticks, use an insect repellant with 20-30% DEET. Permethrin is deadly to ticks on contact. It can be sprayed on pants, socks and shoes and will last through several washings. 5. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants as well as boots when you are in tick infested areas. Tucking your pant legs into boots or socks can keep ticks from getting inside your clothing. 6. Check your clothes and body for ticks EVERYDAY! Especially check scalp, groin areas, and underarms. Ticks love to hide in these areas. 7. If you have been bitten by a tick, your chance of getting Lyme disease is very small if the tick has been removed in less than 24 hours. You should be aware of the signs of Lyme disease. They include: *bulls eye rash at site of bite (this rash appears in about 80% ofcases ) * fatigue *chills *fever *headache *muscle and joint aches *swollen lymph nodes If you show any of these signs, see your doctor immediately. Most cases of Lyme disease can be cured if treatment is received in the early stages. To remove a tick, use a pair of fine tipped tweezers and grasp it as close to your skin as possible. Firmly pull the tick out. Avoid crushing it. Wash the area with soap and water, or if you dont have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer will do a great job.