The best way to reduce your risk of tick-borne illness is to avoid being bitten by a tick.
When outdoors in areas where there may be ticks, wear long pants and sleeves. Don’t wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, or sandals. Tuck pants into socks or boots, and shirts into pants. Light-colored clothing makes it easier to see ticks before they attach to the skin.
The CDC recommends repellents containing 20-30% DEET for protection against ticks. These should be applied according to the label instructions only. Insect-repellent clothing is also available.
Ticks are often found in brush, tall grass, or leaf litter. When hiking, walk in the center of the trail. Avoid grassy or brushy areas, and don’t hike off the trail.