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Four alarming things that could be lurking in your leaf piles

Tuesday, September 24th 2019, 10:05 am - Before the kids jump in, here are a few things to consider.

Fall is here -- and that means in a few weeks' time, piles of leaves will be lining the streets.

For some people, that may bring visions of yardwork.

Visit our Complete Guide to Fall 2019 for an in depth look at the Fall Forecast, tips to plan for it and a sneak peek at the winter ahead

For others, it looks like an opportunity to have some fun.

But the next time you're about to dive into a pile of leaves, there are some things to consider.

1. FUNGUS

Mold doesn't just grow on shower curtains. It can also grow on fallen leaves, grass and compost piles.

2. TINY CREATURES ...

All types of wildlife -- including spiders, snakes, beetles, caterpillars, and even frogs -- will sometimes shelter in fallen leaves. Some creatures will bite when startled.

3. SPEAKING OF TINY CREATURES ...

Ticks are another possibility, including ticks that can cause Lyme disease.

They will sometimes live in grass but can easily get swept up in a pile.

If you, your child, or your pet is rolling around in the leaves, it's best to perform a quick tick check once you head indoors.

4. SHARP OBJECTS

Do your best to ensure there are no sticks, rocks, garden tools are in a leaf pile that people or pets intend to play in.

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