A new study shows that a strong wave of Lyme disease is making its way across the U.S. and that has many experts telling people to be on the look out for ticks as they head outdoors for the summer.
Experts say if you plan on doing outdoor activities you should stay away from heavily wooded and thick, grassy areas.
They also say you should be mindful of what you wear.
“Typically, keep your socks over you pant legs if you know you're in a real tick infested area. Light clothing helps, but also just thorough checks when you get out of a wooded area or grassy areas, is the best thing, best rule of thumb,” Naturalist Brian Gasdor said.
Naturalists say staying on marked trails is the best way to avoid ticks.
One sign of a Lyme disease infection is a red round rash that spreads at the site of a tick bite.
Flu like symptoms are also common including headaches, sore muscles, and a fever.
Infected ticks usually don't spread Lyme Disease until they have been attached for at least 36 hours.