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Home > Health & Wellness > Health Education > Summer Survival: Bug & Water Safety
Published on June 23, 2014
Whether you’re camping, boating or just visiting your local pool, it’s important to be safe around bugs and water. This summer, take a few simple precautions to keep you and your family happy and safe during your summer fun.
Bees and hornets are common summer pests. To avoid painful stings:
If you do get stung:
Ticks are a small but dangerous bug that lives in wooded or grassy areas and typically preys on deer, dogs, cats and small wild animals. To prevent and/or detect ticks:
If a tick is found:
Ticks are especially dangerous because they are known to spread Lyme disease; symptoms include a bulls-eye rash, fever, muscle pain, headache, chills, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes. Contact your physician immediately if you notice any of these signs.
To learn more about summer safety, talk with your Mercy pediatrician or primary care provider. Or, call our Find-A-Doc line at (319) 369-4444 or visit www.mercycare.org/doctors.