Protect against mosquitoes and ticks this summer – follow these steps:
Use insect repellent that has DEET, Picardin, IR3535, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus in it.
Apply repellent whenever you go outside, since mosquitoes can bite day or night.
Protect babies by spraying repellent on your hand first, then apply to their skin – be careful to not get repellent in eyes or mouth.
Wear protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
Check out your yard once a week and get rid of standing water – turn over kiddie pools and buckets, properly maintain swimming pools and ornamental ponds, get rid of old tires, and clean out the birdbath.
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Stay out of areas with tall grass and lots of plants, where ticks like to hide
Walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with ticks.
Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to find ticks, and tuck pants into sock tops or boots.
Use bug repellants - follow instructions carefully.
Check yourself, children, and pets for ticks after spending time outside.
Bathe or shower after walking through tall grass or plants to wash off ticks and help you find them easier.
For dogs and cats
Check dogs and cats for ticks since they can get sick with a tick borne disease, and because pets can carry ticks into the house as a risk to people.
Ask your veterinarian about tick control treatments for pets.
Mow the yard and other places where pets and people play so ticks won’t like to hide there.
When the temperature gets too high it could make you and your loved ones sick. You can become ill if your body can’t keep itself at a cool enough temperature. First, remember to NEVER leave children or pets in vehicles when it’s hot. Even if the windows are cracked open, vehicle temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes.
Get fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables from City Fresh, a local service that lets you “subscribe” to receive fruits and vegetables every week. Lorain County Public Health and El Centro de Servicios Sociales in Lorain have partnered with City Fresh to make it easier for residents to get fresh fruits and vegetables at an affordable price, and close to home.