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Table 1 List of Lyme disease prevention behaviors

From: Development and validation of a behavioral index for adaptation to lyme disease

1 Look into ways to prevent Lyme disease.
2 Look into potential consequences of Lyme disease for physical or mental health.
3 Wear pants and long-sleeved sweaters when practicing outdoor activities.
4 Wear closed shoes when practicing outdoor activities.
5 Tuck the bottom of sweater or shirt into pants when practicing outdoor activities.
6 Tuck the bottom of pants into socks or boots when practicing outdoor activities.
7 Use bug repellent when outdoors.
8 Walk on cleared paths and trails, avoiding tall grass during outdoor activities.
9 Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to check for ticks during outdoor activities.
10 Examine body for ticks and remove them immediately after being outdoors.
11 Examine children for ticks and remove them immediately after being outdoors.
12 Make children take a bath or shower to examine them for ticks and remove them immediately after being outdoors.
13 Examine clothes and items to avoid bringing ticks into home after being outdoors.
14 Put clothes in the dryer for six minutes to eliminate ticks that may be there after being outdoors.
15 Regularly mow lawn or have it mown.
16 Have a fence around property to prevent deer from coming in the yard.
17 Increase frequency of lawn maintenance (pick dead leaves, weeds, branches, or twigs).
18 Have a path or layer of wood chips or mulch to separate the patio, garden, or other installations from the trees or tall grass.
19 Examine pets for ticks when they come in from outdoors.