11 Summer Safety Tips

From spoiled food to buggy backyards, a little planning will keep your holiday weekend problem-free.


8. Tick Attacks

The problem: Your last outdoor excursion left you covered in pepper-fleck-sized bloodsuckers.

Solve it: Ticks are tiny, but the damage they can inflict includes debilitating ailments like Lyme disease and the malaria-like disease Babesiosis, among other ailments. And the teeny bloodsuckers aren’t just in the deep woods, either. Many ticks turn up in people’s yards. Although there are toxic bug sprays on the market that can prevent a tick bite, nontoxic alternatives are also available. A 2009 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that performing a full-body tick check within 36 hours of spending time outside, and showering or taking a bath within 2 hours of being in the yard, drastically cut  the risk of developing Lyme disease. The leaves of American beautyberry bushes have also been shown to promote some tick-repelling activity. For more nontoxic tick-repelling ideas, read 5 Ways to Keep Lyme Disease out of Your Yard.