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  • Melanie Patric

PSA: Ugh! Ticks!

It's that time of year again... all of us who spend lots of time outside keep feeling little tickles and wondering if it's a tick crawling on us. There's a lot of information circulating on the web about ticks and the dangerous diseases they can carry. It's also fairly easy to find information about keeping ticks off and what to do when you do find a tick on your body. Since the children and I do spend as much time outdoors as we can, you can rest assured I keep up to date on the latest information on the prevention of tick bites and what to do if a tick bite occurs.

I wanted to share some of my sources with you, so here are three articles I hope you find helpful:

McHenry County Public Department of Healthy- Identifying Ticks- Includes color images to help identify ticks easily

Tick Prevention and Control- Illinois Department of Health- More tick identification as well as reliable information about preventing ticks and what to do if you do find an attached tick

Tick Bite Prevention and the Use of Insect Repellents- Scroll down to "Topically Applied Insect Repellents" to find helpful information about effective types of insect repellents that work on ticks including non-DEET and "natural" formulas.

Needless to say, we are now doing full tick checks after we come in from the outdoors and you will always be notified if your child did have an attached tick (or if I even find one crawling on your child's clothes!). It's safety first at Blue Sky Daycare!

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