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How to Safely Remove Ticks

How to Safely Remove Ticks

How to Safely Remove Ticks

Posted August 16, 2021

Ticks can be very dangerous to you and your pets, and it is important to remove them quickly and safely. 

What Makes Ticks Dangerous?

Ticks live in the forest mostly, under leaves and on bushes. They are hard to spot in nature, or when they become attached to you. At each stage of their lives, which can be up to 2 years, ticks need a new host to feed from. They lay in wait near well-used paths, with their front legs outstretched. When a human or animal brushes against the tick, they climb on and find somewhere to attach. They attach by making a cut in the skin and inserting a feeding tube, usually coupled with a cement like substance that makes them hard to remove. They then slowly feed on the host’s blood, and if the host has a disease, the tick gets it too. When the feeding is done, they are ready for the next life stage, and will bring the disease with them. This is why they can easily transfer Lyme’s Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. These diseases can be debilitating and permanently damaging to the host, which is why it is important to remove them correctly.

How To Safely Remove Ticks

Most ticks will not infect the host immediately, but preventing them from being on you or your pets very long is best practice. To safely remove and dispose of them, follow these steps:

  1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth and feeding tube to break off and remain in the skin. If they do break off, remove with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
  4. Never crush a tick with your fingers. Crushing the tick in your fingers could expose you to the nastiness inside. 
  5. Dispose of a live tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet.

Keeping Ticks Out of Your Yard

Your yard should be a safe place for your kids and pets to play. Keeping ticks away helps ensure that it is a safe place for them. To discourage ticks:

  • Remove leaf litter.
  • Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
  • Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
  • Mow the lawn frequently.
  • Stack wood neatly and in a dry area. This discourages rodents which carry ticks.
  • Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees.
  • Discourage unwelcome animals such as deer, raccoons, and rodents from entering your yard by constructing fences.
  • Get some help. Call Fox Pest Control at (833) 667-3785 today to keep your yard tick free. 

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