Letter: Protect Against Ticks

To the Editor:

Walking in nature now is a lot like unprotected sex. With all the sensual and aesthetic delights of the budding branches, new greens and flowers, the clear calls of excited birds — many new migrants just arriving for a glorious summer — the land can take on the feel of a tropical forest. Yet there is a cause for concern. The black-legged tick, that small hitchhiker, is out searching for a host. Woods, fields and overgrown paths all have them, sometimes in abundance. As with sexually transmitted diseases, one is wise to be protected. Experts urge poisonous sprays and daily diligence in body scanning, but there is another method of protection: high rubber boots — yes, rubbers — and a large piece of light-colored plastic if you wish to sit down. The virtue of mechanical barriers is that they do not require a toxic spray. It is not as great as spontaneous, care-free engagement with the spring landscape, but tick bites are dangerous.

Cecelia Blair