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How to Properly Deal With Tick Infestation

Tick infestation is a serious issue, and the most common way to get it is through contact with an infected animal. Ticks can be found in almost all parts of the world, but are especially prevalent in areas where there are dense forests or grasslands. Ticks attach themselves to their hosts by digging into skin or clothing with their mouthparts and feeding on blood until they become engorged before dropping off. The majority of ticks are not known carriers of diseases that can be transmitted from tick to host; however, some species have been shown to carry pathogens that cause Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever among other illnesses. If you’re unfortunate enough to end up with a tick infestation, here are some tips on what you can do.

1. Know what type of tick you are dealing with

Not every species carries diseases, but it’s still important to know which type you’re up against in case it does host a pathogen that can infect humans. If the tick is engorged with blood, you’ll be able to identify what stage of development it is by gently rolling the body between your fingers. In the first stage, also known as a pinhead or poppy seed tick, it will be smaller than a pea. After that, it’s classified as a seed tick and is larger than a grain of rice. After feeding for a few days, they’ll grow to the size of a small grape before becoming over-ripe and swollen with blood. If the tick is still in its nymph stage, it will be much smaller than a sunflower seed and very difficult to identify without a magnifying glass.

2. Environment-friendly ways to combat tick infestation

To get rid of a tick infestation, there are many natural remedies that can be used. One example is Tea Tree Oil. This oil can be used as a way of natural tick control to keep ticks from climbing onto your skin and has been proven to be an effective deterrent as well as a repellent for ticks. The use of this oil as a repellent against ticks is not only useful as prevention but also as a treatment for tick bites during the first few days after being bitten by a tick. You can also use garlic, or rather oil of garlic. You can make a natural repellent by boiling 5 crushed garlic cloves in 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes. After straining the mixture through a cheesecloth, you can put it in a spray bottle and spray your skin, or your pet with it before going out, but you can also use this method around your backyard or garden, as it will not harm your plants. It will keep most ticks from climbing onto your skin and attach themselves.

3. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grab the tick

The longer you wait before removing a tick, the higher your chances are of contracting a disease. This is why it’s important to remove them as soon as possible. The optimal method for removing a tick is by grasping the head with fine-tipped tweezers and pulling it out gently but firmly, gradually increasing the force until you feel that it has been removed completely. Attempting to burn or crush a tick with a lit cigarette or covering it with fingernail polish or petroleum jelly will only make the risk of disease transmission greater. If you have these items on hand, use them as tools to remove the tick, not as methods for exterminating it.

4. Clean the skin thoroughly to kill any remaining ticks

After removing a tick from your skin, it’s important to clean the area thoroughly. Wash your hands with soap and water before cleaning the skin with a disinfectant. Alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, dishwashing liquid, or mouthwash can also be used for this purpose. Using tweezers to remove the tick itself is sufficient, but if you want to be extra careful it’s also possible to use a disinfectant wipe or spray on your skin after the fact.

5. Watch for signs of infection over the next few weeks

The timeline for tick-borne disease symptoms spans weeks and the onset of symptoms may be delayed for up to two months after infection. A small bump or rash can be a sign that your body is fighting off an unwanted intruder and will appear at the bite site. If this happens, make sure to visit a doctor as soon as possible. Since ticks can cause many different types of illness, consider seeking medical attention if the symptoms become worse over time.

6. Be careful while going about your day-to-day routine

Just because a tick has been removed from your body doesn’t mean you can return to business as usual without worrying about getting bitten again. Inspect yourself and your clothing after spending time outdoors in a high-risk area, to make sure that no ticks have latched on, and try to avoid areas with high grass or dense shrubbery if possible. Don’t forget to check your pets too! If you suspect a tick may have bitten them, be sure to monitor for signs of illness or skin irritation. Pets can bring ticks into the house without our knowledge, so it’s important to check them thoroughly. Pets are not the only source of ticks in your home, however, they can also travel on their own from other areas. Make sure you thoroughly vacuum carpets and furniture where pets spend a lot of time.

7. Ways to get rid of a tick infestation if it does happen to occur in your home or yard

The best way to combat a tick infestation is to take preventative measures and deal with them as soon as they pop up. The most common way that ticks travel into an environment is through people and animals carrying them in on their clothes, shoes, and fur. Given this information, it’s important to be mindful of it when trying to prevent ticks from entering your property in the first place. If you think you might have a tick infestation at home, brush off any grass or leaves from your clothing before coming inside to reduce the chances of ticks coming inside with you. Don’t forget to check your pets! It’s also necessary to use screens on windows that are primarily used by pets and remove any piles of leaf litter or wood piles that might be harboring ticks. If you notice a large amount of ticks in your yard or on your property, it can be beneficial to plant shrubs and trees that are more effective at repelling ticks, but before that, don’t forget the importance of mowing your lawn and trimming your plants regularly, especially during tick season!

 

Ticks are a nuisance that can be difficult to get rid of once they’ve latched on. Fortunately, there are many remedies you can try before it becomes an infestation. If you’re going outside in high-risk areas or have pets who may bring ticks into your home, make sure to inspect yourself and others for any signs of bites. It’s also important to take preventative measures by reducing the chances of getting bitten again with screens on windows and clearing out leaf litter from yards or properties where pests are frequent. Finally, don’t forget about some other ways a tick could enter your property: through people carrying them indoors on their clothes and fur! Make sure all members of your family know how dangerous ticks can be if they aren’t careful. Even if you do get rid of them, it’s possible to bring them in again, so make sure everyone knows how to prevent this from happening by regularly inspecting themselves and others for ticks upon coming back inside.

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