Michele’s horrible experience with Lyme disease left me eager to read what garden writer Joel Lerner had to
say last week on the subject. But really, do I HAVE to do everything that’s recommended? Like:
- Cover my skin completely when outdoors. You’re kidding, right?
- Wash my gardening clothes conscientiously. Sure.
- Stop every two or three hours outdoors to examine my entire body. Maybe enlist passersby to help with the parts I can’t see?
- Get really clinical with your skin at the end of the day. So for this, I’d presumably invite my new friends in for the inspection?
Lerner’s list of tick-infested habitats pretty much describes my property: birdbaths, bird feeders, leaf litter, woodpiles, woodland, tall grasses, and high weeds. Except for the high weeds, I’ve got ’em all. Darned discouraging.
Lerner includes the real deal about various sprays, like DEET and organic oils, and how exactly to use them and on what types of humans. And spraying will indeed be my likely method of prevention.