I love summer, but what I don’t love about it is the creepy crawly things that come with it, and so far this week they’ve been pretty bad. I got my pooch some dog supplements that help him avoid such things, but I wish there were a similar solution for people.
Sunday night a hairy black spider accosted me while I was sorting laundry. Monday I trapped a wasp under a p-nut butter far. Tuesday a wasp hurtled onto my keyboard just inches from my hand, and he came down with such speed that it was like he was thrown at me. I nearly jumped out of my chair… but I’m not moving so fast these days, and thus failed to make it the whole way out before I identified, and squished the unidentified hurtling missile.
But today, today was the worst. I just got a call for the school nurse – they found a tick on my daughter. It gives me the shivers just thinking about it.
The nurse said she’s removed over 50 ticks from kids this spring already, there’s only around 200 kids in the entire school (which houses only !st anf 2nd grades).
But she did give me a handy tip on how to remove them, but hopefully I’ll never have to use it. I’m breaking out the bug spray and we’re all just going to shower in it every 6 hours!
Anyway the school nurse’s tick removal method: Dish soap (she said she uses Dawn) on a Q-tip swirled counter clockwise around the base of the tick, and the tick will back itself out.
A note from the pediatrician then: if the tick hasn’t been attached for more than 24 hours, then there’s usually nothing to worry about, just watch the area for any redness or rashes.
Ugh! I hope the creepy crawlies stop here!