They can be VERRRRRY small:
If you’re a hairy guy – what do you think the odds are that you will feel this tiny little varmint burrowing into your skin? To anyone – do you think this tiny guy cannot burrow into your socks that your pant legs are tucked into? Have you ever seen socks under a microscope? They’re pretty holey! These little buggers are simply insidious.
Remember to stay in the middle of trails. Check yourself CAREFULLY after a walk in the woods. Take a shower if you can. Have your outdoor pets wear flea & tick collars to reduce the odds they will have this teensy little hitchhiker.
Statistics say that 50% or more of people stricken with Lyme disease do NOT remember a tick and have not seen the telling bull’s eye rash. It does not always appear and when it does, it might be on the back or somewhere the person cannot see.
Please remember how small ticks are. If there was one thing that might have helped me avoid infection, it would have been my own complacency and the whole “it won’t happen to me” mindset.