Summer fun is well, fun! We all like to be outside, but summer does come with some hazards. This month we will be exploring what those are and how to prevent or handle them!

Bug bites can be annoying and itchy. They can also be serious if they bring an infectious disease like West Nile or Lyme disease. Prevent bug bites and infection this summer by avoiding buggy situations, using a good bug repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves when in buggy areas.

After a nature hike, check yourself and children for ticks.

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