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Protecting Against Lyme Disease

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Now that we’re into backyard season, here are some tips on how to protect your family from ticks.

Certain ticks can spread serious illness like Lyme disease. While they’re typically found in forests and overgrown areas between the woods and open spaces,the research shows that tick populations are spreading. It’s possible to be bitten near your home.

Here’s how to help reduce tick habitats in your area:

• Keep the grass mowed.

• Remove leaf litter, brush and weeds at the edge of the lawn and around stonewalls and woodpiles.

• Move children’s swing sets and sand boxes away from the woodland edge and place them on a woodchip or mulch foundation.

• Discourage rodent activity by cleaning up and sealing stonewalls and small openings around the home.

• Move firewood piles and bird feeders away from the house.

• Try to use hard materials in your garden as much as possible. That means stone and metals versus soft materials like soil for planting.

• Keep your pets, especially dogs, out of the woods and talk to your vet about tick repellents for them.

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