Tick Control and Lyme Disease Prevention for Kids in Santa Cruz
Lyme disease remains one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States – and kids are especially vulnerable to infection. But one educational project in Santa Cruz is attempting to help, with a free class specifically designed to help kids learn about the dangers of tick bites and how to prevent them.
Free Skool Santa Cruz is a grassroots educations project independent of the California school system. Decentralized, they hold free classes in people’s homes, social spaces and even parks.
For the New Year, one exciting class they offer is Lyme Disease Prevention for the Whole Family. Hosted by anthropomorphic animals Dick the Tick and lovable Jo the Doe, it features Lyme disease prevention tips for kids and adults presented in the format of a two-hour show filled with music, games and fun.
And while the class is intended to be fun, it’s also educational. Because toddlers and preteens like to play outside, and aren’t aware of the risk of tick bites, they remain one of the groups most susceptible to the bite of ticks infected with the Lyme causing borrelia burgdorferi bacterium. This class helps parents and kids learn how they can protect themselves and each other.
For parents, a good tip to help prevent tick bites is to make sure your own back yard is tick free. Over 70% of all tick bites occur near the house, so getting rid of ticks in your yard or garden will significantly reduce the chances of your kids getting bitten.
A good place to start is by speaking to a tick control specialist, like one of the experts from Aspenn Environmental Services. They’ll be able to offer practical tick control tips, plus perform a yard spray for ticks that can help eliminate ticks during the most vulnerable stages of their life cycle.
In addition, follow up tick control treatments can help make your property tick safe all year round – and allow your kids and pets to play outside without facing the risk of tick bites and Lyme disease. Because kids are so vulnerable, this is an investment sure to pay off in the future.