How to Stay Safe During Tick and Mosquito Season

May 14, 2018

 

The CDC says insect bites have nearly tripled over the past few years. Here are a few tips to keep your family safe."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the number of Americans infected by mosquito and tick bites has nearly tripled in recent years.

The New York Times notes that “tick-borne diseases like Lyme and Rocky Mountain spotted fever have been increasing in the Northeast, Upper Midwest and California, and mosquitoes may be carrying West Nile virus and, in some parts of the United States, Zika.” Although there aren’t vaccines to prevent these infections, there are many ways we can protect ourselves this summer.

There’s a misconception that these disease-carrying bugs only strike in woody, grassy areas, and therefore only hikers and campers should be weary. While it's true that ticks are most often found in tall grasses and attach themselves to humans who pass by, mosquitos can reach your backyard just as easily.

Here are some tips to ensure everyone can have a safe and healthy summer: