Suggestions for Michigan's Public

Be aware of Lyme disease, but do not be so concerned that you cannot enjoy the outdoors. Lyme disease is a preventable illness, and information is your most valuable tool. There are some easy ways to help prevent ticks from biting. If you are planning to recreate, hunt, or work in Michigan's "out-of-doors", here are some considerations:

  1. Know whether the area you're in or will be in is known for Blacklegged tick populations. The Michigan Lyme Disease Risk Map has the most up-to-date information available.
  2. Ticks can be active in Michigan any time the temperature is greater than 45 degrees F. This is often from March to November.
  3. Michigan citizens should always be practicing good prevention, for suggestions see the Treatment and Prevention information.
  4. Hunters and anglers can not get Lyme disease from dressing carcasses, or eating game meat, but are more likely to be in tick habitats.
  5. For Michigan citizens living in areas where the Blacklegged tick is common, there are methods to protect yourselves in your yards.
  6. Our pets can become hosts for ticks and also become infected with Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. Topical flea and tick treatments are recommended, and a Lyme disease vaccination is available. Consult your veterinarian for more information