Ticks!

Ticks! 
And suddenly, the snow is gone (mostly) and the weather is warming up. There will still be lots of water in the forest
so boots, rain pants and wool socks are still an absolute must.  However, warm weather and less clothing will mean lots of skin accessible to bugs. Of most concern is the possibility of ticks.
What does this mean for your children? The best defense is regular tick checks and appropriate clothing.  As teachers, we will be checking all the children at the end of class each day. However, we can only do a superficial check. It is up to you as parents to do a more thorough check. Baths on Forest School days are always a good idea. This will serve to wash off any ticks that are still crawling around, and will give you a great opportunity to check their whole body. Ticks like warm, moist places. So arm pits, behind ears, on the scalp, behind knees, belly buttons, in the groin, are all important places to look. However they could be found anywhere on the body.  At this time of year, the new ticks (nymphs) are very tiny – the size of a poppy seed so can be difficult to spot.
Putting clothing in the dryer on high for 10 minutes will kill any ticks on the clothing as well.

Here is a link from Public Health Canada, detailing removal and submitting the tick for testing

http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/diseases-conditions-maladies-affections/disease-maladie/lyme/ticks-removal-enlever-tiques-eng.php

                                                Did You Know?

  • Ticks take up to 3 days to feed on human hosts.  Risk of contracting Lyme disease is directly correlated to length of feeding/attachment time
  • Tick removed within 24 hours:  0% risk of transmission
  • Within 48 hours: 12% risk of transmission
  • Within 72 hours 79% risk of transmission
  • Within 96 hours 94% risk of transmission

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