With fishing and camping seasons upon us, attention turns to tick prevention. Conventional wood ticks are always a concern. But deer ticks, the smaller of the two, perhaps pose the bigger threat in that they carry Lyme disease. Always tricky is removal of these little critters. But now a product, Rid-A-Tick (www.rid-a-tick.com), promises a solution for people and animals. Simply apply a Rid-A-Tick patch and in minutes the tick, head and all, comes out. Price: $6 for six patches.

Dennis Anderson