Tick season is in full swing! You may have already found one of these creepy crawlies on yourself, your child, or pet. It’s a common misconception that you can only be bitten by a tick if you are in the woods or tall grassy areas. Of course, being in those areas increases your risk of tick exposure, however ticks are not exclusive to those areas. They can also be found in shrubbery, weeds, and even yards that are in need of a trim. There are roughly 850 different species of tick around the world, 90 of which can be found right here in the USA. If you are concerned about ticks after being outdoors you can throw your clothing into the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes to kill any potential ticks from entering your home. If you are unfortunate enough to find a tick that is already snacking on you, here are the proper steps to ensure safe and effective removal:
- Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible with a pair of fine tip tweezers
- Pull upward with steady pressure. DO NOT TWIST OR JERK the tick. This can cause parts of the tick to break off leaving pieces in your skin.
- After the tick has been removed make sure to clean the area thoroughly with alcohol or soap and hot water
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dispose of the tick by submerging it in alcohol, wrapping it in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns against home remedies such as painting the tick with nail polish, using heat, or suffocating it with petroleum jelly. The goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible, don’t wait for it to detach. The CDC also warns that “if you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. Be sure to tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick.”
Black Diamond offers monthly yard sprays to decrease the presence of ticks all throughout the Spring and Summer months. Ask about mosquito prevention too! Call today for more information 877-DEAD-BUG