Tick Busters: An educational series for children – Kindergarten through 6th Grade


As a pediatric physician and Governor of Virginia, I have become acutely aware of the danger posed by ticks and the diseases they can carry. Lyme disease has become the number one vector-borne disease in the United States, and it is essential to educate children and families on its prevention. Therefore, I am pleased to recommend Tick Busters: Wanted Dead or Alive. It’s an entertaining children’s booklet that does an excellent job of educating and focusing on the awareness and prevention of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.”
— Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2018 – 2022), Ralph Northam, M.D.




The Tick Busters series teaches children, their parents, and the community at large about ticks, the diseases they may carry and the benefits of prevention.

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The Tick Busters series informs children and parents about the habitat of ticks and how to avoid exposure to them.

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The best way to avoid long-term consequences of Lyme and tick-borne diseases is to prevent tick bites, altogether. Tick Busters provides tips, tricks, and best practices about how to stay tick-free and what to do if you’ve been bitten by a tick.

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Winter, spring, summer or fall,
In every season, ticks are on the crawl.
Joey and his friends are on the ball
Searching for Tickula, the scariest of all.

So, pay attention
Because this story is about prevention.
Join Joey and his pals as they mention
One wicked tick who deserves detention.

Story Time Video

NatCapLyme created a fun and informative children’s video which highlights education, awareness and prevention. Follow along as Brad Mendelson, a nationally recognized storyteller, shares the story of Tickula who is on the loose; threatening the health and safety of kids and their families everywhere! Can Detective Dan, Joey, and his friends stop Tickula in time? Listen to Brad to find out, and join the Tick Busters!

The Tick Busters series was published and funded by the National Capital Lyme Disease Association.

NatCapLyme is providing these educational materials at their cost plus postage which aligns with NatCapLyme’s mission of increasing awareness through public outreach programs.
The original booklet “Tick Busters Wanted Dead or Alive” was created by a group of concerned and dedicated teachers, parents and advocates who wanted to educate young people about the danger of ticks. This booklet is dedicated to a young man who lost his life due to Lyme disease. A series of companion outreach materials are included in our Tick Busters Bundle, including a coloring book, an informational brochure, a rack card, a tick identification card/Tick Busters membership card and a fun temporary tattoo. The series inspires children to take preventative action, use repellants, avoid tick habitats and become an advocate to educate others.

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Inquiries and Large Orders

Large orders for classrooms, community events, camps, libraries, and physician’s offices may be ordered by using the contact form below.

We also offer lesson plans for Kindergarten through 6th grade.

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