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Summer buggin'

Posted on: May 9, 2017

Humans aren’t the only creatures that like to enjoy picnics in the summertime. Ticks and mosquitoes are two types of bugs that turn humans into a snack. Tick and mosquito bites can be annoying, and they can also spread disease. The most common disease ticks spread is Lyme disease, and the most common disease mosquitoes spread in Lorain County is West Nile Virus.
 
Keep the summer buggin’ to a minimum by following these steps:
 
Prevent ticks
  • On humans
    • Stay out of areas with tall grass and thick vegetation. Walk in the center of trails to avoid contact.
    • Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to find ticks. Tuck pants into sock tops or boots. 
    • Use bug repellents - follow instructions carefully.
    • Check yourself, children, and pets for ticks after spending time outside,
    • Bathe or shower after walking through ticks’ habitat to wash off ticks and help you find them easier.
  • On dogs
    • Check your dog for ticks because he can also get sick from them, or carry them into your house.
    • Mow the yard and other places your dog or children plan so ticks won’t like to hang out there.
    • Check with your vet about tick control treatments for your dog.
Prevent mosquitoes
  • Use insect repellent that has DEET, Picardin, IR3535, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus in it.
  • Apply repellent whenever you go outside, since mosquitoes can bite day or night.
  • Protect babies by spraying repellent on your hand first, then apply to their skin.
  • Wear protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Check out your yard once a week and get rid of standing water – turn over kiddie pools, dispose of old tires, and clean out the birdbath.
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