The area where I currently reside with my family is considered a deer tick zone and it is absolutely worrisome to me. Contracting Lyme disease is no joking matter. To make matters worse, they have discovered new tick-related illnesses we need to educate ourselves about. Ugh!
Now that it is spring and warmer days are upon us, I’m so happy that I can get the girls out to run around in our yard. Having more outdoor space we could all enjoy was one of the primary reasons for moving out of the city. The trade off, however, is having to deal with “country” issues such as Lyme disease. So, around this time of year, I always ask myself whether we indeed made the right decision to leave the city to live in a more rural/pastoral setting, it’s that scary to me.
May is Lyme Disease Awareness month, so I thought this would be a good time to post something that will get us back into the habit of tick-checking and prevention. If you are reading this elsewhere other than in the northeastern states, don’t think this post doesn’t apply to you. Did you know that just about every state has Lyme-spreading ticks? Yep, you heard that right. But don’t get me wrong, it’s still mainly a northeastern thing. The CDC reported that 96% of all confirmed Lyme disease cases were concentrated in 14 states, and there were only five states that have never reported a single case–Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
A few tips to prevent tick bites:
May is Lyme Disease Awareness month, so I thought this would be a good time to post something that will get us back into the habit of tick-checking and prevention...
Here’s a quick recipe I found online that is good for children 3+.
In a 4 oz bottle add:
2 oz of witch hazel
2 oz of distilled water
20 drops of lavender oil
20 drops of lemon eucalyptus
At the end of the day, we don’t want to restrict our lives to the point of becoming paranoid about everything. Yes, danger lurks around every corner, we just have to take the best precautions to dodge them without going overboard. Our kids still need to be kids after all. We just need to be vigilant about checking them and ourselves–and definitely don’t forget yourself!!!!
Do you have any useful tips to share?