Oregon Lyme Disease Network
Seeking solutions to protect you and your loved ones 
from Tick borne illness in Oregon



Prevention of Tick-Borne Illness

Lyme Disease and some of the co-infections are spread through the bite of a tick, and through maternal transmission. When a tick bites, it can expose you to multiple pathogens.  Additionally Lyme and co-infections to Lyme disease can be passed maternally to the unborn infant causing stillbirth, premature birth, birth defects and immune deficiency of the newborn child.
Preventing the tick bite
Preventing the tick bite is the surest way to prevent exposure to tick-borne illness. However, most patients often mention they do not recall a tick bite or a rash. 

According to the CDC tick bites are most effectively prevented by using repellents such as DEET, Picaridin , IR3535, para-methane-diol (PMD) o, 2 undecanone or Lemon Eucalyptus oils (OLE) . Of many studies these are considered the best three options of repellents. These should not be used on children under 2 years of age,  Please see our updated approved EPA products (6 pages) .
Treating your yard for ticks can help prevent infection at home. Even if you do not have deer entering your property, ticks are carried by cats, the white footed mouse , and wild birds. Song birds and migratory birds both have been proven to carry ticks from one region to another, and additionally many wild birds have been shown to carry ticks and be reservoirs of the causative agent of Lyme Disease (Bb SL Spirochetes in Wild Birds  (Newman, Lane 2015) )