Lyme disease is no picnic. It starts with a rash that slowly spreads across your body. Next thing you know, you have a fever, the chills, joint pain, and a terrible headache. In severe cases, you could have nausea and vomiting. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause permanent damage to the heart or brain.
Most people get Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick, and the ticks are usually found in grassy and wooded areas. Naturally, Lyme disease is a common complaint among hunters, campers, hikers, and homesteaders. According to the CDC, more than 300,000 people get it every single year.
Conventional wisdom says you can prevent tick bites by covering up your skin. Just wear gloves and long-sleeved shirts, and tuck in your pants legs. But ticks can still grab onto your clothes and find their way to your skin.
Another option is to spray yourself with bug spray, but in my experience, you have to practically bathe yourself in DEET if you want to keep the bugs off. Is it really worth covering yourself in that stuff every time you go outside? Homesteaders, especially, can’t keep doing that over and over.
So how do we prevent tick bites and Lyme disease? This article from An American Homestead has the answer! I was so excited by this idea that I wanted to share it.