When in wooded or grassy areas, wear shoes, long pants tucked into your socks, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat and gloves. Try to stick to trails and avoid walking through low bushes and long grass. Keep your dog on a leash.
Use a natural insect repellent, such as one containing lemon eucalyptus oil, which studies have shown is a safe and effective alternative to DEET. Parents should apply repellant to their children, avoiding their hands, eyes and mouth.
If you discover a tick on your body, remove it as quickly as possible with tweezers. Grasp the tick near its head or mouth and pull carefully and steadily without crushing it. Then dispose of the tick and apply an antiseptic ointment.