Are you getting bugged this summer by insects?
Perhaps, after reading the item posted today by my colleague Brittany Wallman on the virtues of having a dog for a pet - you'll run out and get one this weekend.
So, here are a few things to consider:
If your children are playing outdoors and getting bitten by mosquitoes, chances are the family pet is too.
Mosquitoes, fleas and ticks are right there keeping up with your family on picnics, on walks, at ball games and while doing yard work.
Barry the Bug Guy at Truly Nolen offers tips on how to keep pets bug-free on The Insect Inquirer.
And yes, I did mention yard work. Here's an idea - a yard work party. Get the kid to invite friends over.
Then announce that before the video games, there are a few things that have to be done outside. (I've never seen kids rake so fast. They haul trash, cut branches and pull weeds at lightening speed.)
After a glass of lemonade, they feel well-paid and happy!
But be sure your kids are protected from insects too! KidsHealth has some pointers on how to handles bites and stings.