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How to Effectively Remove a Tick

Residents of the Washington, DC, Northern   After all, our region is ripe for Lyme, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and Erlichiosis – all tick-borne illnesses.

 

So what do you do if you find a tick on you?

1. Relax.  Ticks must be on you for 24-48 hours in order to have a blood meal and transmit disease.  That doesn’t make it any less gross when you find one embedded in your skin, but rest assured that if it crawling, or still small, while on your skin, you have time.

2. Use a pair of clean, fine tipped tweezers and grasp the body of the tick as close to your skin as possible, moving in an upward motion.

3. Clean the area of the bite with rubbing alcohol, soap and water.

4.  Dispose of the tick.  Flush it down the toilet, or put in a bag and put in the trash.  Do not squeeze the body of the tick with your fingers.

The goal is to detach the tick as quickly as possible.  Stay away from myths about suffocating a tick with petroleum jelly, nail polish remover or other solvents.  This could hurt your skin, and also not achieve the goal of successfully removing the tick.

If a rash appears within several days or weeks after you remove the tick, or if you develop a fever or rash, it is best to consult a doctor.

Avoid ticks while outdoors by using a bug repellant with DEET, and if you are participating in outdoor sports such as fishing, hiking,   If you have pets, make sure their flea and tick treatment is up to date as ticks like to not only bite pets, but use them as a means of transportation indoors.  Finally, ensure that ticks will stay out of your home by scheduling a visit from Triple S Services. Let us take care of the perimeter of your home, to keep the ticks out.