West Nile and Lyme disease
Use bug spray on exposed skin and stay away from brush and tall grass. Long pants and shirt are best. In warm weather, it is still advisable to wear loose, long, light colored clothing.
Deer ticks are active when the temperature is above 45° F
Got an attached tick? Use fine-tipped tweezers to firmly grasp the tick very close to your skin. With a steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from your skin. Then clean your skin with soap and warm water. Don’t use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish, or other products to remove a tick... these are old folk remedies that risk further infection.
If you discover a tick on you, it is advisable to be alert in case any symptoms do appear; a red rash that looks like a bulls-eye, flu-like symptoms, or joint pains in the first month following any deer tick bite could signal the onset of LD.
To view further Lyme symptoms, please visit http://www.tiredoflyme.com/physical-symptoms.html#.UDuFu8FlSew (under “articles”, you can also click on “physiological” or “sociological” symptoms as well)
(Tip: Spray your hat instead of directly on your face. Keeps the mosquitoes at bay without risking getting chemicals in your eyes/nose/mouth.)
West Nile Symptoms - 80% of cases don't have any, while some experience symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.