Lyme Connection's tickborne disease prevention efforts focus on the BLAST Tick-borne Disease Prevention Program. This nationally recognized educational effort was created by members of our task force and the Ridgefield Health Department in 2008. The program is based on peridomestic Lyme disease prevention research conducted in Connecticut.
The BLAST acronym stands for:
• Bathe within two hours of outdoor activity
• Look for ticks and rashes daily
• Apply repellents to skin and clothing
• Spray the yard and maintain a tick-safe landscape
• Treat pets with veterinarian recommended products
These points highlight the most effective evidence-based recommendations for avoiding tick attachments and potential tickborne diseases. In addition to teaching effective prevention practices, the BLAST program raises awareness about the early signs and symptoms of tick-borne illness to promote timely diagnosis and treatment.