Ticks are arachnids, an eight legged pests like spiders. These tiny pests feed entirely on blood in order to grow and reproduce. Ticks primarily live outside in long grass or other foliage where they wait to cling onto their unsuspecting host and bury their head into flesh. These insidious pests carry diseases that they can transmit through their bite, the most famous of those is Lyme Disease which can have crippling lifelong symptoms.
If you find a tick on you or your pets the most common method for removal is by using tweezers. Press the tweezers as close to the skin as possible until you get a firm grip on the tick’s head. Do not twist or bend the tick in order to prevent mouth parts getting left behind which can cause further infection. Use a quick upward pulling motion to remove the tick then wash the bite area and use anti-bacterial medication to prevent infections.
- Remove and mow down overgrown vegetation.
- Tuck socks into pants and wear long sleeves to prevent bites.
- Wear light colored clothing to easily spot ticks and remove them.