Here's how you can keep them out of your yard.) For the time being, just place the tick in a sealed plastic baggie or field container (yes, it will die) and stash it someplace like your garage for a few weeks until it's clear that you haven't developed Lyme disease.
If you get bitten, you may be tempted to race into your doctor's office and demand screening.
The two blood tests used to diagnose Lyme disease have a false positive rate of about 25%, according to the American College of Rheumatology, which means you could be diagnosed with Lyme disease when you really don't have it.
Whatever clues you in, early detection of Lyme disease can prevent serious complications—including possible cognitive and psychiatric issues—down the road, so ask your doctor to test you now.
So let's say you have some symptoms, your doctor uses an approved test, and you do, in fact, have Lyme disease.