Lyme disease, spread by ticks, is prevalent in Weston. The most common carrier is the deer tick, which is about the size of a poppy seed. Take precautions when going in the woods and fields. Use insect repellent, dress in light-colored clothing, roll pant cuffs into socks, wear long sleeves and a hat. Perform daily tick checks on family members and pets, shower within two hours of coming indoors, and remove ticks promptly.

Insect repellents that contain DEET are quite effective against ticks. For best protection, use product with a DEET concentration greater than 15%. Carefully read and follow label directions for application and use.

The classic “bull’s eye” rash seen in Lyme disease is a circular or oval rash that expands to greater than two inches, with clearing around the center as it expands. However, a rash does not always appear, may be missed due to its location, or may appear as multiple patches varying in shape and size. Flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, chills and fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, could be signs of Lyme disease, and should be evaluated by a doctor.