Tuesday, May 5, 2015

MDC’s Nature Center at Night focuses on ticks and chiggers

English: A diagram of the stylostome, or the h...
A diagram of the stylostome, or the hardened tube of dead cells formed by chiggers (Larval form of the trombiculidae) when feeding on them. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is certainly true when it comes to dealing with ticks and chiggers in the warm summer months. Itchy bites can diminish the fun at what would otherwise be some of the most fondly remembered outdoor adventures. Make sure these insects don’t crash your good time by heading to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center event, Nature Center at Night: Ticks and Chiggers. The program is 5 to 8 p.m.,Thursday, May 14.
“We’ll delve deep into the lives of ticks and chiggers and learn how to prevent them from biting,” said Sara Turner, MDC manager of the nature center.
Turner said prevention options will be discussed, such as wearing long-sleeves and long pants when outdoors, various pesticides and insect repellents. Home remedies for treating bites include apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and lavender oil. Over the counter medications are also helpful, Turner said.
All ages are welcome at Nature Center at Night and no registration is required. Naturalist led programs begin at 6 and 7 p.m. Youth and adult groups are welcome. For information on other programs at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, go online tomdc.mo.gov/CapeNatureCenter.