Misconceptions about ticks and Lyme disease:
-- Wearing a repellant with DEET will safeguard against ticks. While it may help, it is not a foolproof measure and ticks may still cling to your skin. Always do a thorough tick check after being outdoors.
Many warnings describe the tick that causes Lyme disease as about the size of a period at the end of a sentence. The nymph is about this size, but the adult tick is about the size of a sesame seed and looks very much like a dog tick.
-- Lyme is limited to the Northeast. Twenty-five years ago, the top 10 states were in the Northeast. However, now ticks are moving across state lines and cases have been found from Canada to Texas and California.
Sources: Dr. Daniel Cameron