Summer Hazards: Ticks, Bug Bites, And a Burned Backside
I wasn’t much of an outdoors-kind-of-gal growing up in the ‘burbs of Chicago. So when I met my husband who was a flannel-wearing, hiking-booted Wisconsin boy (even at our wedding, but I digress) I did my best to pretend otherwise.
As he introduced me to the beauty of nature, I secretly panicked at the thought of all the ticks, mosquitoes and black flies just waiting to take a bite.
One morning after having spent the previous day wandering the woods, I woke up and found a tick happily embedded in the back of my thigh. My husband was at work, I was home alone. And, I’ll admit, I panicked.
All I knew is you weren’t supposed to just pull the tick out because its head could get stuck. So what to do? I recalled someone saying you could hold a match to them, they’d back out. So there I stood, twisted in some yoga-like pose, with a lit match to the back of my leg.
When I realized all I was managing to do was burn my leg and not get the tick out, I recalled someone else saying petroleum jelly would work. So I slathered that over the little blood-sucker. Still nothing. That’s when I thought perhaps the combination of the petroleum jelly and lit match together would work. And, well, things just didn’t get better from there but I believe there was some mayonnaise, vinegar and dish soap involved as well.
Now that I’m a mom, I’ve had to learn a few lessons on how best to handle these types of situations. If you’re looking for some resources to print out and keep handy in your first aid kit, check out the following resources.
Safety Guides and Instruction Sheets
Woods and Camping Safety for the Whole Family (includes Insect Stings and Allergic Reactions instruction sheets)
Poison Ivy (includes photos so you know what leaves of three to let be)
Sun Safety (includes a Sunburn instruction sheet)