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Home > Health & Wellness > Health Education > Ticks: Dangers in the Leaf Pile
Published on September 15, 2015
The leaves are turning and beginning to fill your yard, much to the joy of your children. While playing in piles of leaves is great fun, there are some precautions you should take to keep your kids safe.
The biggest danger in a leaf pile is a tiny pest: a tick. Ticks are tiny and live in dark, damp environments, especially near wooded areas. This makes the fallen leaves in your yard an ideal spot. Despite their small size, ticks can pass along Lyme disease to anyone or anything they bite. Despite how scary that sounds, the steps to preventing tick bites are fairly simple:
Preventing and avoiding tick bites does not have to ruin your or your child’s fun. Adding these few steps or changing a few old habits can make a big difference in avoiding these pesky pests. If you have any questions about ticks, outdoor safety or insect repellant, contact your Mercy or MercyCare provider.