Each year more than 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 attached to my child, I don’t have to think about what to do. I keep my kit stored separately from my regular First Aid kit so that everything is there when I need it.
Here’s what you need to make your own tick kit:
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 seeing the smallest of ticks.
4. Antiseptic or antibacterial ointment. I keep a small spray bottle with witch hazel and Young Living Thieves to use as an antiseptic. Sovereign Silver also works great.
5. Small plastic or glass vials or small snack storage bags like Ziploc to place the kit until you’re ready to mail it in for testing.
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 there!
8. Not pictured in my tick kit is the homeopathic remedy, Ledum Palustre 200c. It would be a great idea to keep this in your kit so that you can immediately administer a dose after the bite. You can read more about this wonderful remedy here.
One final tip, make sure you keep your tick kit somewhere that is 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 on us I was thankful that my tick kit was available and stocked.