Summertime is not here yet, but after the mild winter, but bugs came out in force early this Spring.
While you're spending more time outdoors, it's important to keep an eye out for pests, especially ticks.
Warm weather is a great time for getting out, but bugs like ticks can create a real problem, especially in areas where tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are more common. So, it's best to ward off ticks as best you can.
Many ticks are so small they are hard to see, so it's always good to do a tick check on you and your kids. Look for them after you've been in the woods, or in grassy areas. Also, shower within two hours of being outdoors to reduce your risk of being bitten; and check your clothing for ticks, along with pets that may carry them into the house.
Placing clothes in a dryer on high heat for at least an hour can kill ticks effectively. And if you're going into deep woods, use a spray, like deet to keep ticks from clinging onto your clothes and skin.