Wear dark clothes to avoid ticks?
From a report by CBS’ Dr. Holly Phillips yesterday, she reminds us that Lyme disease can be just as easily picked up in ones own backyard.
In the piece, a Dr. Zivin-Tutella mentions something that I have not heard before and have not yet confirmed:
Wearing light colored clothing lures ticks to you.
“They’re attracted to the light color. That’s why, typically, we tell people to wear darker colors and long-sleeve pants and shirts,” Dr. Zivin-Tutela said.
In the past, instructions to protect oneself included wearing light colored clothes so that the ticks were easier to spot.
It just goes to show that the information we are being fed from experts across the globe are consistently inconsistent. The most prudent means of protecting oneself is by being overly cautious and assume the worst.
For the CBS article: http://wcbstv.com/local/lyme.disease.deer.2.1764690.html