• Avoid being outside during prime mosquito feeding times: dusk and dawn.
• Use an effective insect repellant.
• Keep objects that collect rainwater out of your yard since mosquito larvae hatch and grow to adulthood in standing water.
• Wear proper clothing (long sleeves, pants and socks) when hiking in the woods or through tall grasses where ticks love to hide. Thoroughly examine each family member every evening. Carefully comb through your child's hair and look under clothing for any stowaways.
• Outfit your indoor/outdoor pets with effective flea and tick repellant and inspect the animals regularly for any insects that may have attached despite your efforts.
• If you find a tick that has attached to either a person or a pet, take care to remove it properly: Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible with a pair of tweezers. Gently but firmly pull up in a steady, even motion until the tick detaches. Do not squeeze or crush the tick. Dispose of the insect in a container of rubbing alcohol or by flushing it down the toilet.
• Look for symptoms following a bite, including rash, fever or joint pain. If any are present, consult your physician immediately.
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FUN TOGETHER-TIME ACTIVITIES
Introduce your child to Play-Doh or clay to try her hand at sculpting. She'll delight in the new texture and may just amaze you with her artistic talent.