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Okay, it's is tick season and we haven't protected our yard yet.

So, when the kids go out to play I check them for ticks.

Do you know how many little black things are on them by the time I bring them in??? Tons...

Will I be able to tell it's a tick? The pictures of nymphs are so small. Will I be able to see them crawling???

I'm going out of my mind looking for ticks!!!

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The best you can do is have the kids take off their clothes at the entrance to the house,put their clothes in a plastic bag so you can safely carry them through the house to put the clothes in the dryer for at least half an hour. The heat will kill the ticks.

You should check the kids all over, using a hair dryer to blow the hair away so you can see the scalp is helpful. Ticks like the area behind the ears, the ears and along the hairline front and back,and dark, moist areas or areas where the blood vessels are nearest the surface :the underarm, the belly button, the groin area, lower back, behind the knees etc.

Sometimes you can detect attached ticks easier by feeling them - running your hands over the skin, especially in areas you can't see on yourself. You can teach your kids to do the same. You will be able to see a tick move if it isn't attached. It may be tiny, but it does have legs. The smallest ones have 6 legs and the nymph size and the adult size have 8 legs. You can use a magnifying glass to take a second look at anything suspicious.

Ticks can look like a tiny piece of dirt, so check again after taking a shower.

A good tick-remover (it even has an attached magnifying glass) and instructions on how to remove ticks is at

If you are camping, you can put clothes in a black plastic bag and put it in the sun for an hour or so. It will get the clothes hot enough to kill the ticks.

I am sure others will have more good advice.
Ann - OH

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Ann-OH, I guess I am going to be doing lots of feeling. I can't see anything small. I do carry a big magnifying glass around with me for reading, I sure hope others don't see me doing this, there are some who already think I am nuts b/c I am always checking my grandkids with this mag glass.

It's funny the grandkids understand b/c they have seen how sick I was and am and they don't want to be like me. But the adults think I make too much of it.

Now for checking my clothes at the door, whoa boy, what will the neighbours say? About 10 yrs ago when cutting the grass, I somehow managed to move my halter top down to around waist with carpenters on both sides of my home offering non-stop to help me, these neighbours are still talking today about that.

Can I throw my cat and dog from upstairs in the dryer too? I check them both out, they think they are getting a massage and never want to leave my side.


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