Summer is in full swing and that means that the bugs are out in full force, including those nasty ticks. Ticks can carry and transfer a number of deadly diseases. From lyme disease to other nasty illnesses, these tiny little insects can pack a mighty punch. In our most recent blog, we talked a little bit about the different kinds of ticks you may encounter this summer, depending on where you are, but what happens after you have been exposed to ticks? Often times, ticks are very difficult to detect and remove, but it is important that you do so as soon as possible. As your pest control experts in Piedmont, we have a few tips to help you locate and remove a tick.
Shower Right Away
If you have gone on a hike recently or have been tramping through bushy or wooded areas, you most likely have been exposed to ticks. The best way to avoid a bite is to locate and remove any ticks from your body as soon as possible. It is best to shower as soon as possible after coming indoors. This allows you to quickly and easily locate and wash off any ticks that are crawling on you.
Full Body Inspection
During or after your shower, you will want to conduct a full body examination for ticks. Be sure to check less exposed areas, such as your ears. It is especially important to thoroughly check and clean your hair. Your hair provides a great environment for ticks to thrive while remaining undetected. After you have conducted a full body check you will want to thoroughly clean and dry your clothes so as to kill any ticks hiding out in your clothing.
If you happen to find a tick that has attached itself to your skin, you need to remove it right away. You will want to use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close as possible to your skin’s surface. Next, you want to pull upward with steady and even pressure to remove the tick. It is important to avoid twisting or jerking the tick. This can cause part of its mouth to break off in your skin. After you have removed the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area with rubbing alcohol.
At Ray Pest Control, we are dedicated to protecting you and your family from potentially deadly insects and pests. Contact us today for more information on the different pest control treatments we offer.