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“Don't Let the Ticks Bite!” Toolkit

Kids may encounter ticks and get tick bites because they enjoy playing in places where ticks live, such as in grassy areas and leaf litter, and alongside hiking trails. Kids may be less likely than adults to notice if a tick attaches to them. Sometimes ticks carry germs like bacteria or viruses that can be transmitted to a person while the tick is attached and feeding. These germs can cause diseases. Avoiding tick bites is the best way to prevent getting diseases from ticks.

The “Don’t Let the Ticks Bite!” Toolkit contains tick bite prevention information for youth and is suitable for use in the classroom, with scouting and other youth groups, or at home.

The materials in the toolkit are designed to teach kids:

  • What is a tick
  • That ticks can transmit disease
  • How to properly remove a tick if found attached to themselves or a pet
  • How to prevent tick bites ​ ​​

Tools in the Toolkit

PowerPoint Slideshow:


30 in. by 40 in. Classroom Poster: (PDF)

“DON’T LET THE TICKS BITE!” - Timothy Tickfinder printable poster (PDF) is suitable for use in an educational setting. Download and print on a plotter.


"DON’T LET THE TICKS BITE!” - These brochures, available in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF), can be ordered below (while supplies last) or downloaded and printed.


“BEWARE OF TICKS!” Bookmark - These bookmarks, available in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF), can be ordered below (while supplies last) or downloaded and printed.

Curriculum Guide and Participant Post-test: (PDF)

This curriculum guide includes instructions for using the educational materials, slideshow, student post-test, and voluntary post-presentation instructor assessment. Download and print the curriculum guide here (PDF).

Fun Stuff:

These items may be downloaded and printed:

Ordering Information:

The following materials are available, while supplies last, free of charge from the California Department of Public Health - Vector-Borne Disease Section:

Click here to email an order. Please include the quantity of each item requested, contact name, organization name (if applicable), street mailing address, and phone number. Most materials will be sent out within two weeks. ​ ​​

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