GLA Be Tick AWARE Prevention Program
Be Tick Aware
Children are at the greatest risk for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. GLA has developed tools to teach kids how to protect themselves from a tick bite.
- Be Tick AWARE Prevention KitThe Be Tick AWARE Prevention Kit is a fun and easy way to teach kids how to protect themselves from a tick bite. It’s a great resource for camps, schools, and other youth-based organizations to teach and remind kids and staff how to protect themselves from a tick bite.
- Lyme Disease Prevention CurriculumEducational materials that can be implemented in the classroom, home, or other youth organization.
These tools teach kids how to identify ticks, check for ticks, and about Lyme disease.
AVOID areas where ticks live. Ticks thrive in wood piles, long grass, leaf piles, and beach grass.
WEAR light-colored clothing: long pants, sleeves, socks, and closed-toe shoes.
APPLY EPS-approved tick repellent (suck as DEET or picaridin) and insecticide (such as permethrin) to skin, clothing, and shoes as directed.
REMOVE clothing upon entering the home; toss into dryer at high temperature for 10-15 minutes.
EXAMINE yourself and your pets for ticks daily. Check everywhere — ticks love to hide!
High Risk Activities for Tick Bites
High-Risk to Moderate Risk Outdoor Activities
Any activity that exposes you to areas where ticks like to live like the woods, grassy or leafy areas, including beach grass. If you enjoy sitting in the grass for a concert, picnic, campfires, or to relax, take proper precautions to be tick safe. Remember ticks like moist, shaded areas.
High-Risk Activities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Walking on trails
- Off-road biking
- Playing in the leaves
- Horseback riding
- Grass Cutting
Moderate outdoor activities include enjoying activities that put you in contact with grassy areas exposes you to ticks. Activities like sitting in the grass for a concert, picnic, or gazing at the stars/moon, campfires, walks on the beach or in the park, dog walking, climbing sand dunes, cutting the grass, and many other activities that involve the great outdoors.
Pets and other outdoor animals increase your risk for a tick bite. Check your pets immediately when they come indoors.