Ticks are unwanted living organisms that enter our space. Ticks, small as they are, can cause harm to us humans and our animals.
When it is evident that ticks are present, a good amount of effort must be done to remove them at all once.
When ignored, ticks can multiply up to hundreds within a small area in your space.
There are numerous ways to prevent ticks from lurking in your home and ways to get rid of them immediately. Here are some pointers:
If you think there’s a possibility of ticks infesting your home, there are ways to at least try to prevent it. Total prevention is not possible, but you can minimize the possibility. For instance, ticks don’t like the sun. If you can, trim down your yard vegetation so the sun makes it through the ground. Ticks will naturally stay out of your yard. Another is to keep your yard vegetation in a distance from your home. This way, it would not be easy for ticks to migrate indoors.
Ticks usually jump to people and animals from the ground, shrubs, grass and other vegetation. If you or your pet have been out in the woods for example, be sure to carefully check your clothes and body and check your pet as well.
Tick Removal Strategies
When you see ticks have come in to your house, it is vital that you remove them immediately. But before you do that, take note of some do’s and don’ts in removing ticks.
First up, using hot matches or nails is not recommended. It spells the same with alcohol use, nail polish, petroleum jelly, and any other liquids. These methods open the possibility of any infection transferring to your body from the tick. The same goes with your pets.
Secondly, never try to remove ticks with your bare hands. Rubber gloves are highly recommended for use in tick removal because they are air-tight and will prevent any substance to transfer from the tick to your body. In the event rubber gloves are not available, you can use plastic bags.
Most Effective Strategy
Moreover, the most effective and probably the safest tick removal methods is using tools like forceps, tweezers, hemostats, specialized tick spoons, tick pliers, tick nooses, and tick sliders.
With the right gear, you need to follow the correct way of removing a tick. Put in mind that removing a tick should be a slow-moving process. Try your best not to break the tick’s body.
The first thing you’ll want to do is grab it through its mouth or head. Remember, never crush or squeeze ticks, as infections can possibly transfer to you. If you are using a tick remover tool of some kind, make sure you read the manual first.
After Tick Removal
When the tick has been removed, the next step would be cleaning the area where you removed the tick, your hands, and all tools you used to remove it. Clean everything with soap and water. When cleaned, apply any kind of antiseptic to everything.
For future reference, keep the tick in a sealed container for a few weeks. It would also be a good practice to record details of the removal process like dates, tick bite location, and any other details you can record. If ever signs of diseases possibly caused by ticks show up, contact a specialist right away.
Because of the alarming number of diseases in our world today, having possible carriers and causes of these diseases in our home and in us is highly dangerous. Fortunately, there are so many ways to prevent and remove ticks in our body and our premises.