Prevention is still the best way to avoid ticks. Try to avoid tall grass when you’re walking in the woods. Wear long sleeves and long pants to cover as much skin as possible for even better protection. Bug sprays containing DEET or icaridin may also be effective. Don’t forget that these are insecticides, so read the label carefully before use.
If you find a tick on a pet or on yourself, use disinfected fine-point tweezers to remove it. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull up using steady, even pressure. Then disinfect the site. Keep the tick in the freezer if you want to have someone identify it. Avoid touching the tick bare-handed while removing it from the skin.