Jun 10, 2016

How To Make A Tick Kit

Each year approximately 300,000 people will get infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.

Some of us live in areas where it's not very hard to get bit by ticks. I've heard of others who have never seen a tick, which I just couldn't imagine. Either way, it's pretty important to know that ticks are not the only way you can get Lyme disease.

Mosquitoes, biting flies, fleas and possibly spiders can also transmit Lyme as well as many other diseases.

So, are you prepared to deal with a tick bite when it happens?

I've found it helpful to have a tick kit already put together so that in that moment of panic, when I find a nasty creature hanging off my child, I don't have to think about what to do. I just go grab my tick kit and get that thing off as effectively and as quickly as possible.

So, did I convince you to put one together for your family?

Here's what you need:

1. A container or small storage box to store your supplies. I used a first aid box that I purchased at the local store.



2. Very sharp tweezers


3. Magnifying glass - especially if you have eyes like mine and need the help.

4. Antiseptic or antibacterial ointment. I keep a small spray bottle with witch hazel and Young Living Thieves to use as an antiseptic.

5. Small plastic or glass vials or small snack storage bags like Ziploc.

6. Cotton balls.

7. A card with website URLs for where to send your tick for testing or where you can go for more information. Make sure my blog is on there!



One final tip, make sure you keep your tick kit somewhere easily accessible. I found it was best if I had a separate first aid kit, that way my tick kit is always stocked when I need it.

Thankfully, I haven't needed to use it for 9 years but last week when my son and I both found ticks my tick kit was available and stocked.


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