Ticks: Protection & Removal
Summer is the perfect time to go on a hike through the woods, climb a mountain, or lounge in the comfort of your backyard. However, you do have to be careful that you’re not bitten by any ticks. Before you spend all of your free time outside, you should know how to prevent getting bit AND know how to remove ticks if you are.
If you’re going to be in the woods or near any high vegetation, you should be wearing the right clothing that can protect you. Boots, socks, pants, long sleeved shirts, and a hat should be worn during hikes and any other type of exploration. This way your skin is completely covered even if you do brush up against some leafy greens that house ticks.
No matter what activity you did that day, if you were in an area with grass, trees, or leaves, you should check your body for ticks. Before you jump into the shower, do a full body inspection; placing emphasis on areas like armpits and behind your knees. Use a mirror or a family member to help you check your back, neck, and your scalp. If you happen to find a tick, take a picture of it before removal.
The last thing you want to do is scratch off the tick in a panic if you do find one. Since ticks bury their heads within your skin, you have to be sure that you completely remove the entire tick. Grab your trusty tweezers and grab ahold of the little guy. Place a small amount of pressure on the body of the tick and it should start to release its grip on you. You can then gently pull on the tick in one fluid motion. Place the tick in a container with rubbing alcohol so it can be identified and tested by a doctor.
Knowing the proper prevention and removal methods can help you avoid getting bitten, or worse, contracting Lyme’s Disease. When your property is filled with these pests, contact the pest management professionals at Knockout Pest Control. To learn more, or to schedule an inspection, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.