Tick Time for Teacher’s Too

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by Julia

Way too much alliteration, I know. Sorry to any ELA teachers reading this. This week we posted some info about ticks on the student LabVenture! blog, so I thought it would be a good time to talk ticks with teachers as well. I’m sure most of you have heard that this is supposed to be a particularly bad year for ticks. It’s important that we educate ourselves, our students, and our families about good tick prevention practices. I have included a list of tick prevention practices that we posted to the student blog with some additional resources for you. The Maine CDC has developed a tick curriculum for educators that is worth a look.

Don’t let ticks keep you inside this summer!

 

Tricks to Tackle Ticks:

  1. Talk to you family about ticks. If you haven’t already had a discussion about ticks 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).

 

Resources for Teachers

ME CDC Tick curriculum:

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/school-curriculum/index.shtml

Order FREE tick removers from ME CDC:

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/order-form-wn.shtml

_lymediseasebrochure.pdf

_repellent-fact-sheet.doc

_tick-id-card-poster.pdf

_tick-id-card.pdf



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