Establish good mosquito avoidance habits now
• Teach children to be aware of mosquito activity around them and avoid it • Pick a repellent with an EPA-approved active ingredient • Use long sleeves to cover up when possible • Remove standing water to help reduce mosquito populations • Repair screens
Preventing Disease Spread by Ticks
Ticks are most commonly found in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas. They only attach when you come into direct contact with them – they cannot fly or jump. When you are in a wooded area, out hiking or even playing on your lawn, use repellents that contain DEET on your exposed skin and those that contain permethrin on your clothes. Stick to main pathways and the center of trails if you can. Try not to brush against tall grass and bushes as this will increase your exposure to ticks. Where long sleeved light-colored shirts and long pants. This will help keep the ticks away from your skin and make them easier to spot. Even if you tuck your pants into your socks, they are tiny, so do not assume this will stop all of them. Please do a tick check when you come in. It is important to get them off as soon as possible. Favorite places ticks like to go on your body include: areas between the toes, back of the knees, groin, waistline, armpits, and neck, along the hairline, and behind the ears. In other words warm places you have a hard time noticing easily. Remember to check your children and your pets. Remove any attached tick as soon as possible. You should contact your doctor to see what the practice recommends as far as treatment. Some people do not get the red bullseye. It can take weeks to appear and by then you could be very ill. Don’t forget to check your gear, clothing and pets when you come inside.
For more information on diseases spread by ticks: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, Division of Epidemiology and Immunization (617) 983-6800. www.mass.gov/dph/tick