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I live in the often dry West of USA. Here are a few other facts:

Ticks can and do jump. How -far- something the size of a poppy seed can jump is a really good question.

Ticks live on our bushes in the West so can jump onto your clothing at any level if you are crawling around in it. They actually live on plant "juices" until they can find a warm-blooded host.

Light clothing apparently actually repels ticks.

If you have been bitten by a tick, look for a "bullseye" red, rash like ring around a bite in the day or two after the bite. This is a good indication that you have been bitten by the kind of tick that may carry the lyme disease.

I agree that spraying your clothing can be a really important step.

Despite living in an area where Lyme's is endemic and having walked in such territory all my life I am, so far, lyme negative. So don't worry too much, just take precautions!

Date: 2012-04-05 01:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lizcommotion
Thanks for posting this! It's always good to get more geographic perspectives on Lyme as well.

Although I would note that I never got the fun bull's eye rash, which is part of why they missed my diagnosis for _years_.


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