Are ticks ticking you off? Ticks are not only a nuisance, but also can cause serious health issues with the pathogens they transmit. Knowing how to prevent and respond to tick bites is incredibly important to protect you and your family from these blood-sucking pests.
From wooded and vegetated areas to the comfort of the indoors, ticks have the ability to live in many different locations. But one thing all ticks have in common is their use of our furry friends – deer, dogs and other pets – as a host. If given the opportunity, ticks will also jump on humans to secure their next meal.
Because ticks can transmit Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis, they should be removed immediately.* To remove ticks from a pet or person at home:
- Grab the tick with tweezers as close to the skin as possible.
- Pull steadily and firmly outward, being careful not to leave the mouthparts in the skin.
- Wash off with soap and warm water once the tick is removed.
*If you are concerned about a tick bite, contact a medical professional.
Ticks are not seasonal pests, but they tend to be more problematic during the spring and summer when people are spending more time outdoors. If you enjoy spending your time outdoors, there are a few precautionary steps you can take to avoid bringing one of these hitchhikers into your home:
- Keep up with your yard’s landscaping and keep the grass mowed.
- Stay on paths when walking through wooded areas.
- Inspect your body, arms and legs for ticks when you return indoors.
- Keep pets away from wooded areas.
Download our Guide to Managing Ticks to learn how to identify these dangerous pests and help prevent them from impacting your household’s health.
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