How can I prevent diseases spread by ticks?

Learning how to recognize and avoid tick-infested areas is the best way of preventing exposure to ticks and tick-borne diseases. However, people working or recreating in tick-infested areas can reduce the chance of being bitten and acquiring a tick-borne disease by always following proper personal protective and prevention measures. You can reduce the number of ticks around your home by removing high grass, weeds, leaf litter, and woody undergrowth from around your home. Pesticides that kill ticks can be applied to your yard as a last resort if large numbers of ticks are present. More suggestions can be found at Protecting Your Home.

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1. What is Lyme disease?
2. How common is Lyme disease nationwide and in New Jersey?
3. What should I do if I find a tick on me?
4. After I remove an attached tick, should I have it identified?
5. Should I be medically treated after removing an attached tick?
6. How can I prevent diseases spread by ticks?