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If you have pets, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered a tick on either Fido or Fluffy at some point in their lives. If you spend a lot of time outdoors or in wooded areas, you could also have picked a tick up on your own body. Maybe your spouse or child has been bitten by these blood sucking pests before. If you’ve ever had to remove a tick from either a pet or a human, you know how tough it can be! Getting a tick out isn’t always easy and it’s not for the faint of heart!
Here are a few tips on how to remove a tick from the St. Louis pest control pros at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions.
First, find a pair of clean, fine tipped tweezers. Have rubbing alcohol standing nearby, along with a tightly sealed glass jar (baby food jars work well for this).
Use the tweezers to firmly grasp the tick as close to the skin of the host as possible.
Using a steady hand, slowly pull the tick upward and with even pressure. Do not twist the tick, or use quick and jerky movements; this could cause the tick’s mouthparts to break off inside the skin.
Once you’ve removed the tick, DO NOT throw it away in your indoor trash. It will just crawl out and find a new host to feed upon. You can put it in a tightly sealed jar for future examination or you can kill it.
Thoroughly clean the area with rubbing alcohol and make sure to wash your hands very well.
There are a lot of old wives tales out there about how to get a tick to detach from the skin. These methods suggest that using a hot matchstick tip will cause a tick to back out. It has also been said that applying fingernail polish to the tick or using a cotton ball swabbed with alcohol will make the tick exit the skin on its own. Trying these tactics is a bad idea! Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible, not to wait for it to detach itself. The longer a tick feeds on you, the better chance you have of contracting one of the diseases that certain ticks are known to carry, including Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The best way to avoid contracting one of these diseases spread by ticks is to avoid a tick bite in the first place! You can do this by covering up bare skin while outdoors in wooded areas, staying in the center of trails and avoiding walking through thickly wooded areas. Using DEET and Picardin (elements included in insect repellent) can also help to keep ticks and other unwanted biters (like mosquitoes) away. You can have your pets treated with a veterinarian approved tick control solution as well, because protecting Fluffy and Fido from ticks will keep them safe from the diseases that ticks spread.
The best form of tick prevention would be utilizing a quality pest control company, like Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, that offers control for these pests. The tick control in St. Louis provided by Rottler will drastically help reduce the amount of ticks found on your property. Our trained technicians know where ticks like to hide and can help you identify areas on your property where you would most likely come into contact with these pests. We can also treat these areas to keep ticks under control. For more information on our tick control or to find out more about any of our St. Louis pest control services for your home or business, please contact Rottler today!