Summer Critters You Didn’t Know to Avoid from Critters You Didn’t Know You Should Avoid This Summer
Critters You Didn’t Know You Should Avoid This Summer
Summer Critters You Didn’t Know to Avoid
Between swimming, hiking, boating, fishing, and biking there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors this summer. But what many people don’t plan for is encounters with little critters along the way. Most people know to stay away from aggressive alligators in the south and swarms of mosquitoes throughout the rest of the country. But there are plenty other critters that seem completely harmless until you come into contact with them. One trip to the hospital, and then you’re suddenly wishing you knew about this warning before heading out for a fun summer day.
It’s hard to spot lice. And when doctors say lice are contagious, they mean it. If you know someone who is infected it is best to avoid that person until he or she gets it treated. It takes just a few seconds for the critters to jump from head to head. Treatment typically involves a special shampoo and careful combing.
From New York to Illinois, this stinging caterpillar is typically found on apple, cherry, dogwood, hickory, oak and rose trees. The rose caterpillar’s spines have poison glands at their bases, and when they are touched they cause severe pain. Colors vary from yellow to red.
When they’re under duress, toads excrete a white toxin through their skin. The toxin poisonous, especially to pets, and if your pet is infected they’ll require emergency veterinary assistance. Humans who handle toads may also get some of the milky substance on their skin, resulting in irritation and rash.