- Thoroughly inspect your clothing- can always put into a hot dryer for about 15 minutes
- Inspect every part of your body- ticks can be as small as a poppy seed. Ticks love warm dark places, so be sure to check behind the ears, knees, elbows, armpits, and hair.
- Take a shower
- Don't forget your pets!
In case you do find a tick, don't panic. Usually a tick must be attached for at least 24 hours before Lyme disease is transmitted. There is a lot of information out there on home remedy removal. Some of these methods could cause more harm.... for example, using peppermint oil, nail polish, or petroleum jelly. When a tick is smothered, it can become agitated and its natural response is to spew out of its mouth. This reaction can increase your risk of being infected if it is carrying any disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention continues to provide updated information to prevent bites, remove ticks, check symptoms, and updated news and information regularly. Mosquito Squad suggests following a proper tick removal procedure for your safety.
- Use pointy nose tweezers
- Grab tick by the head as close to the skin
- Pull straight out to avoid breaking off any mouth parts
There are different ideas on disposal (one is toilet). We, however, suggest putting it into a sealed container or freezer bag and label it with date. Store in freezer (I know, it is gross, right). We only suggest this because if there are any issues, it's far less invasive, painful, and less expensive to bring the tick in than have blood draws. Tick-borne diseases are an ever growing concern. Ticks have been found in 48 of the states. Permethrin is a product that will repel ticks. Mosquito Squad offers many solutions to help prevent ticks from invading your property. We offer our Standard Barrier Treatment. We also offer additional coverage utilizing Tick Tubes. Mosquito Squad are leading experts in the industry. Call our staff today and find out which customized treatment plan would work best to protect your family and pets.
A New Tick Identified in the United States