How can I reduce my risk of getting Lyme?

If you live in or travel to an area where Borrelia lives, cover up bare skin when working or playing outside - especially in wooded or grassy areas. Use a repellent containing 20%-30% DEET or 20% Picaridin. Check for ticks after being outside. They like to bite in hard to see places like the groin, armpits, and scalp. Removing a tick within 48 hours usually prevents the passage of the bacteria that causes Lyme.