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it’s times like this that I yell, “See SEE!” (and that’s not the grossest pic I could have used. Do a simple internet search of images for ‘ticks’ and you’ll see much worse. I’m not kidding.)
Our family, like many others, likes to be out and about in the warm weather. There are so many outdoor activities to enjoy. Hiking, swimming, having fun in the playground, camping, these are just a few of the fun things you can do in the warm weather.
Inevitably the “T” word comes to mind. Then, my ‘ew gross’ face appears and I feel like flinching.
Almost everyone knows about mosquitoes but I’m always surprised at how little people seem to care about ticks.
Ticks and Lyme disease.
There’s no denying it but the two go hand in hand.
So, what is a family like mine to do about ticks?
Make sure the entire family knows about ticks and the harm they can do. Tick bites are no laughing matter. They may seem small but they could be carrying a myriad of bacteria. The better protected you are, the less likely you are to fall prey to a tick bite.
The hubby did a little research and has learned of areas to avoid. He’s learned about preventative measures to take so we’ll be that much safer when we do go for a hike in the woods. Even the big kid has learned her fair share of tick facts.
Things to do: learn about ticks. I’ve include a few links below from the FDA and Health Canada to get you started.
From Health Canada: Risk of Lyme disease to Canadians
From Health Canada: Prevention of Lyme disease
From the FDA: Beware of Ticks … & Lyme Disease
From the FDA: Protect Yourself Against Tick-Borne Disease
Ticks. One word: gross.
One more word: avoid.
End of story.
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