Most ticks do not transmit diseases.
Also, most of their bites do not lead to serious health problems. However, it would be very useful if you know how to remove them and how to prevent future bites. The tick may transmit diseases such as Lyme disease during feeding, so removing it as soon as you notice it is very important. This arachnid may also cause skin infections.
Tips to avoid tick bites
- Avoid the areas in your community where ticks are commonly found.
- You should always wear a hat, a long-sleeved shirt, and long pants when you work or play in grassy or wooded areas. Also, wear light-colored clothing.
- Use insect repellents to cover your exposed skin and clothing.
- Clean up the edges of your yard or garden.
- Check whether your yard can be treated for ticks with nonchemical or environmentally safe methods.
Check yourself properly for ticks
- After spending some time outdoors, check your groins, underarms, and head to see whether a tick has attached to your body. Also, comb your hair thoroughly.
- Put your clothes in a hot dryer. You can also leave them in the sunlight on a hot day for 15 minutes.
- Check your children properly for ticks, especially during the summer.
- Check your pets too.
How to remove a tick?
Make sure you use fine-tipped tweezers. In case you don’t have ones, put on gloves or cover your hands with tissue paper. After that, use your fingers. Then, grab the tick closest to its mouth. Be careful not to grab the tick around its swollen belly. Now, pull the tick straight out carefully. Make sure its mouth lets go of your skin. Do not twist it.
After tick removal put it in a dry jar. Save it in the freezer for testing in a laboratory. Don’t forget to wash the affected area with warm, clean water. Also, wash your hands thoroughly by using soap and water.
This method is useful, but it’s best to seek medical assistance. In addition, small ticks can be very difficult to remove. Medical care is necessary if you begin experiencing symptoms such as fever, headache, rash, joint pain, or flu-like symptoms.
NOTE: You should never smother a tick attached to your skin by using petroleum jelly as you will increase the risk of developing skin infections. Also, don’t use nail polish, gasoline, or rubbing alcohol.
Consider buying tick-removal devices if you often go to areas where ticks live.