Posted August 16, 2021
Ticks can be very dangerous to you and your pets, and it is important to remove them quickly and safely.
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.
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:
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:
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