Originally published by the ARHS PGO Blog, May 17, 2015
From our School Nurse: Summer vacation is the time when we should start thinking about mosquito and tick safety! Mosquito and tick illness are 100% preventable.
Best Bet – Be Pro-Active and Avoid Bug Bites! Think about: 1) the time of day, 2) where you are, and 3) what you are doing. Dusk to dawn is when mosquitoes more likely to transmit disease are biting. Schedule outdoor events to avoid dusk to dawn during high risk periods. If you have to be out dusk to dawn, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and consider wearing a repellent. Activities such as exercise, which produces lactic acid in your sweat, attract mosquitoes. Exercise outside during the day or indoors dusk to dawn. Use a repellent proven to be effective such as DEET, Permethrin, Picaridin, Oil of lemon Eucalyptus or IR 3535. Be sure to use and to re-apply according to the instructions on the label!
Do a Tick Check: Check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks when you come inside. Ticks are tiny, so look for new “freckles”. Here are their favorite places to go and where to look: Groin, legs, behind your knees, between your toes, inside and behind the ears, along your hairline, back of your neck, armpits If you find a tick attached to your skin, don’t panic. Notify your health care provider if a tick has been attached or you have been bitten by a tick. In general, it takes more than 36 hours for an attached tick to transmit disease however, speak with your practitioner, they may choose to treat you following a tick bite. Let them know if you develop a rash where you were bitten or anywhere else, or experience symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue, or sore and aching muscles.