Maine’s Tiny Vampires

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by Julia

It’s that time of year again! The snow has melted, the sun is shinning, and all anyone wants to do is get outside. But don’t forget about ticks! Ticks are tiny insects that can carry several different illnesses. Ticks shouldn’t keep you from going outside this summer, but you should take the necessary precautions. Here’s a list of some things you can do.

 

Tricks to Tackle Ticks: 

  1. Talk to you family about ticks. If you haven’t had a discussion about ticks already now is the time. You should also talk to your doctor. You can all check out this website to learn more: http://maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/vector-borne/lyme/tick-prevention.shtml
  2. Have an adult treat your clothes (not your skin!) with a strong insect repellant containing DEET or picaridin. Clothes can also be treated with sprays containing permethrin, which kills ticks on contact.
  3. Wear light colored clothing.
  4. Wear long sleeves and long pants. 
  5. Tuck your socks into your pants and wear tall boots.
  6. Stay on the trail! Avoid fields with tall grass or forest full of brush and shrubs.
  7. Change your clothes and take a shower or bath as soon as you get home.
  8.  Do a tick check of yourself or with an adult every single night before you go to bed (even if you don’t think you need to, do it anyways).

 

Ticks are pesky little creatures, but if you follow these simple steps you can avoid them and enjoy your spring and summer outside.

Check out this gnarly video about how ticks stick to us.

Warning it’s GROSS!

https://www.nytimes.com/video/science/100000002524020/sciencetake-what-makes-ticks-stick.html



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