As if there wasn’t already enough to worry about when it comes to getting bitten…

As spring unfolds and summer follows shortly after, there are many fun outdoor activities to look forward to—one such activity is hiking in the woods. There’s a real reason why hikers wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts while trekking up steep slopes amid the woods despite sweltering temperatures. Spring and summer are the seasons when ticks flourish, and if they latch onto exposed skin, they can wreak havoc on your body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently 16 tickborne diseases in the U.S., one of the most prevalent being Lyme disease, which is transmitted through the black-legged tick, or deer tick.

Katja Schulz from Washington, D. C., USA [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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