1. Because Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks attaching to the body, it is important to use tick bite avoidance techniques when visiting known tick areas. Insect repellant spray containing DEET onto exposed skin can help. Wearing long clothing can protect the skin. Clothing, children and pets should be examined for ticks. Ticks can be removed gently with tweezers and saved in a jar for later identification. Bathing the skin and scalp, and washing clothing upon returning home might prevent the bite and transmission of the disease.