Watch out for ticks, mosquitos, stable flies, deer flies, chiggers, and poison ivy. I'm sure this list isn't exhaustive! Bring insect repellent for the mosquitos, though it doesn't work too well for the other biting insects. Also, try to expose as little skin as possible, wear light, loose clothing and shoes (not sandals), and avoid wearing unnecesary fragrances e.g. scented deoderant, shampoo, perfume, hairspray.
After walking through the woods make sure to check yourself for ticks. The bigger Wood ticks are harmless though yucky, but Deer ticks (the tiny ones) can carry lyme disease, a serious disease in humans if left untreated: http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/diseases/lyme.html
Chiggers are nasty little mites that cause endless torment. It is the larval stage that is parasitic. The microscopic larvae prefer tender skin, especially around tight clothing, e.g. waistbands, underwear, bras, and socks, so if you notice rows of what appear to be mosquito bites in those areas, and they are more intensely itchy for a longer period, you've probably fallen victim to these tormentors. I was horribly itchy for three weeks! Here's some more info: http://science.howstuffworks.com/question488.htm
As for poison ivy, follow the wise saying: "Leaves of three, let it be." It comes in a number of different guises, from smooth-edged to serrated leaves, plant-like to vine, so if you're not sure what it looks like exactly, just avoid anything with three leaves. It's the oil in the plant that causes the reaction and all parts of the plant secrete it. If you step in it and then later touch your shoe, you can still get it. The best thing to do then is to wash the exposed area with lots of hot, soapy water and pray for the best! Here is a useful page with photos of various forms over the seasons: http://www.poison-ivy.org/
Across Southwest Ontario, ash trees are being destroyed by the emerald ash borer, and insect introduced from Asia. For now, Point Pelee has been spared, but to protect the trees here, you are not permitted to bring wood in from outside the park. If you are camping, firewood can be obtained inside the park.
This is actually a sandspit extending into Lake Erie. The size and shape depends on water level and wind, but there are always dangerous currents. Swimming and wading is NOT PERMITTED at the tip.
Ethan spotted this cool fellow trying to cross the road. We pulled over and I went to pick him up. His toenails were very sharp, so you have to hold him in the middle. After we all took pictures of him, we brought him to the other side of the road and put him in the marshy grasses where he would be safe and sound -- for now. Unfortunately, hundreds of turtles, frogs and snakes are killed each year trying to cross the park road to access feeding and breeding habitats. So please drive carefully.
GIVE NATURE A BREAK.
There are no lifeguards at Point Pelee National Park.
Do not swim at beaches during times of rough water.
For your safety, it is illegal to enter the water beyond the posted warning signs.
Dangerous currents exist.
Emergency life saving equipment is available at Northwest Beach, Black Willow Beach and West Beach.
Please supervise children closely.
If you are spending time on any of the trails here, be prepared for biting flies and black legged ticks. The ticks are carriers of lyme disease so arm yourself with good socks and repellent!!
Keep an eye on the road while you are driving in...you may see a slow moving turtle crossing!! We spotted this painted turtle moving about on the main road.