How to Get Rid of Deer Ticks
Ticks are similar to those of lice. They are small, pass different forms and also need blood meals. But don’t be deceive ticks are one of the leading carriers of disease to human beings. Their bites are not to be scared off but their saliva that has toxins, secretions or organisms. It is being transmitted through their bite which causes the disease or illness. Over 800 species of ticks throughout the world but there are only two families of ticks. One is which Ixodidae (hard ticks) and Argasidae (soft ticks).
Deer Ticks also known as the black-legged ticks is common to the eastern part of North America. They are part of the family Ixodidae: Ixodes scapularis (formerly Ixodes dammini). They are known for spreading Lyme disease (human anaplasmosis and babesiosis). The early symptoms may cause fever, headache, fatigue and circular rash that we can mistakenly see it as a normal thing. But when these are left untreated, it may involve joints, heart and central nervous system.
We have several tips to be safe from this.
Prevent from having them in the first place
First, before going out especially during September to October when ticks are active, you have to:
- Cover the most possible areas where tick can attach their selves to our skin. Also wear light colored clothing so you can easily detect them when they are crawling up.
- Use insect repellant with deer. Also try spraying it on your hair.
- Mow your lawn. Deer ticks reside in tall grasses. So better make sure that before the month of September, you have it mow your lawn to prevent them from living in your lawn.
- If you have brush that is overlapping trails or even your yard, consider trimming this brush because this is what usually attracts pests such as deer ticks
- If you have a dog, makes sure he would not be wondering outside that much. He might catch some deer ticks and will be bringing you some soon.
Get rid of them
If you already have acquired them, relax. Not all ticks are infected but still take precautions and be quick in removing them. Follow these steps on how to remove them.
- Use tweezers to remove them. Do not have physical contact with them. It’s better to be safe.
- Slowly and carefully pull out the tick away from you
- Do not squeeze the tick’s body.
- Apply an antiseptic to the area where the tick’s bite is. Make sure you have wash the area before applying the antiseptic.
- Watch for sign and symptoms.
- If you’re going to be heading outside, try to make sure that you’re covered from head to toe. Tuck your pants into your socks as well as make sure that you spray a repellent on your body. By doing this, it’s going to help keep them away for good most of the time that you’re out there.
Be sure that you’re well aware of the risks that these deer ticks can carry. These ticks can be harmless, but for those that have pets, always make sure that you get a vet checkup to ensure that your pets are free and clear of these ticks.