This article, entitled "Lyme Disease Prevention," comes from Liz Hayes, MomsEveryday correspondent from Central Wisconsin.
As the weather warms up and more people start spending time outdoors, it's important to know what you can do to prevent lyme disease.
Lyme disease is a serious bacterial infection that comes from being bitten by an infected tick.
The best way to avoid ticks is to steer clear of grassy, wooded areas where they live. When spending time in these areas, however, remember to wear long pants and long sleeves and use insect repellent.
Afterward, be sure to check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks. Deer ticks are tiny, so be diligent.
If you do find a tick, remove it as soon as possible with fine-tipped tweezers as close to the skin's surface as possible. Pull the tick straight up and wash the area with soap and water.