Be Tick AWARE Campaigns

Children are at the greatest risk for Lyme disease & other tick-borne diseases.  LymeTV has developed tools to teach kids how to protect themselves from a tick bite.

Be Tick AWARE Campaign posters & workbooks are a fun & easy way to teach kids how to protect themselves from a tick bite.  It’s a great resource for camps, schools, & other youth-based organizations to teach & remind kids & staff how to protect themselves from a tick bite.

These tools teach kids how to identify ticks, check for ticks, & about Lyme disease. Prevention is key!

AVOID areas where ticks live. Ticks thrive in wood piles, long grass, leaf piles, & beach grass.

WEAR light-colored clothing: long pants, sleeves, socks, & closed-toe shoes.

APPLY EPA - approved tick repellent (such as DEET or picaridin) & insecticide (such as permethrin) to skin, clothing, & shoes as directed.

REMOVE clothing upon entering the home; toss into dryer at high temperature for 20 - 30 minutes.

EXAMINE yourself & your pets for ticks daily. Check everywhere — ticks love to hide!

High-Moderate Risk Activities for Tick Bites

High risk activities include any activity that exposes you to areas where ticks like to live, such as the woods, grassy or leafy areas, & beach grass.  If you enjoy sitting in the grass for a concert, picnic, campfire, or to relax, take proper precautions to be tick safe. Remember ticks like moist, shaded areas. High-Moderate Risk Activities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Walking on trails
  • Off-road biking
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Baseball
  • Gardening
  • Playing in the leaves
  • Horseback riding
  • Grass Cutting
  • Walking your dog in a park
  • Sitting in grass for picnics or relaxing

Pets & other outdoor animals increase your risk for a tick bite. Check your pets immediately when they come indoors.

The simplest way to avoid tick bites is by avoiding direct contact with ticks.  This can be easily done by avoiding wooded & bushy areas that have high grass & leaf litter. When walking through trails, walk in the center to avoid brushing up against grass or bushy areas.  Always wear protective clothing & bug repellent.  In addition, you can treat your clothing with an insecticide called permethrin, & wear mesh clothing between your skin & outer clothing to give added protection from a tick attaching to your body. Never forget daily tick checks!