Tick Prevention and Removal Tips

June 22nd, 2012 | Uncategorized

Treat Tick Bites

  1. Tick removal should be done while wearing gloves or after wrapping your hand in paper towel, remove the tick using tweezers. Try to grab the tick as close to the skin as possible, and pull straight upward to avoid the head or mouth from breaking off into the skin.
  2. If the head breaks off and you can’t easily take it out with the tweezers, leave it alone. Don’t dig at the skin trying to retrieve it because you might cause unnecessary damage to your skin.
  3. Wash the area with soap, rinse with water and apply an antimicrobial cream or itch and rash ointment, such as Terrasil, to try and prevent infection.
  4. Check for any other ticks that may be attached to your skin.
  5. If the head does get stuck, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Contact your doctor right away for complete tick removal.
  6. Since ticks are known to carry a variety of diseases — Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, meat allergies, tick-borne relapsing fever and southern tick-associated rash illness — keep an eye on the area and if any changes in health occur, see your doctor immediately to treat your tick bite.

ticks identification chart

Tick Bite Prevention

  1. Deer are a primary host for ticks. So if you live in a deer-populated area, build fences or other barriers to keep deer away from your yard.
  2. Keep grasses and weeds trimmed in your yard. Ticks typically can be found in long grassed fields or in wooded areas, so try to avoid these areas if your skin is exposed. And if you’re not afraid to look a little goofy, tucks your pants into your socks.
  3. Do daily checks of your skin for ticks after you or someone in your family has been outside in tick-prone areas. Ticks usually take up to a day to actually bite and start feeding, so you may be able to find the tick before it latches on.
  4. Cedar wood oil can act as a natural, safe pesticide. So if you’d rather not use harsh chemicals, this is a great alternative and can be used regularly because it has no reported side effects.

Bottom line. Ticks are evil little things that suck your blood and are hard to kill. If you find one in your home, flush it down the toilet or shoot it into outer space where it probably came from.

Note: All these tick prevention and tick removing tips are safe for people and pets!

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