The warm weather brings with it ticks and the reality of tick-borne diseases. The R.I. Department of Health recommends a simple strategy for all Rhode Islanders to prevent tick-bites and tick-borne diseases:
- Repel ticks with products that contain DEET or permethrin
- Check for ticks daily
- Remove ticks immediately and safely being careful to completely remove all parts of the tick
You can find lots of additional information on the R.I. Department of Health website at https://health.ri.gov/ticks and https://health.ri.gov/publications/bytopic.php?parm=Lyme%20Disease.
The R.I. Department of Health also published a terrific "Tick Detective" workbook for kids that is linked below, as well as a guide for what to do if you find a tick.