Tick and Poison Ivy Season

Memorial-Day-BloomsWe’ve experienced several exciting firsts of the season this past week: our first all-you-can-eat asparagus dinner, our first tulips, our first cilantro, our first thunderstorm, our first creemie (what we call soft serve in Vermont), and my first tick.  I’ve also removed several ticks from our cat, who spends much of his outdoor time stalking mice and voles in the long grass.

Poison-ParsnipThere are many possible dangers associated with all the activities we do every day, including playing and working outside.  I strongly believe, however, that the benefits of time spent outside far outweigh the risks.  Take a moment to learn to identify any poisonous plants in your region.  If you are outside with kids, check out my Poison Plant Guide Activity for young naturalists.  Once you know to identify any irritating plant neighbors, it’s easy to avoid them and enjoy your time outside without itchy or stingy consequences.


If ticks are increasingly common in your area, I encourage you to read my post on Ticks and Outdoor Play.  This five minute read covers the basics of tick identification, avoidance and removal.  Ticks are now part of our outdoor environment in Vermont and Lyme Disease is well worth avoiding.  When you know what to do when you find a tick, it is easier to be carefree as you enjoy outdoor explorations and adventures.

With bright blue skies, warm sun, bird song choruses, green grass, and bright new leaves, I know I don’t want anything dampening the joy and contentment I feel in nature at this time of year.  I hope you have fun outside!



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3 Responses to Tick and Poison Ivy Season

  1. jolynnpowers says:

    already pulled two ticks off of our family this year… my husband works outdoors all the time and his suggestion is to shower after being outside for long periods of time… Instead of washing before going out…wash after.. this lets people find hidden ticks quicker and make you change all your clothes before bed.. He rarely ever has a tick. Me and kids on the other hand are always looking out for them.

  2. Tilly Frueh says:

    I remember all about poisonous plants when I was my daughter’s Girl Scout leader. We learned about poison ivy, poison oak, and found out the hard way what stinging nettle was while grape picking. Great info to keep on hand when out and about.

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