If you’ve ever camped or gone on a hike through the woods, you’ve probably been warned about ticks. While there are many things people can do to prevent tick bites or tick-borne illnesses, you may unfortunately find yourself with a tick bite. Luckily, we have tips on how to safely remove ticks on humans and how to prevent them in the future.
How To Remove A Tick
Unless you prefer a medical professional to remove the tick, most tick removals can be done at home. Follow these steps to safely remove a tick:
You’ll need fine-tipped tweezers, gloves and a paper towel. Don’t handle a tick with your bare hands.
- With your tweezers, grab the tick closest to its mouth, the part stuck in your skin.
- Avoid grabbing the tick around its stomach. You’ll risk pushing infected saliva and blood into your body.
- Gently pull the tick straight out until its mouth lets go of your skin.
- If you’re asked to identify the tick, put the tick in a ziplock bag and place it in the freezer.
Once you have removed the tick, wash the bitten area well with warm soap and water. If you begin developing a rash, headache, joint pain or flu-like symptoms within a few weeks after removing the tick, see your doctor.
Via the University of Manitoba
Tick Bite Symptoms
Tick bites typically produce no symptoms. But, some people are allergic to ticks. These symptoms include:
- Pain or swelling at the bite site
- Burning sensation
Worst case scenario, you may experience trouble breathing or go into anaphylactic shock. If you or someone you know is experience trouble breathing, call emergency medical services immediately.
Removing the head can help prevent an infection in the skin where you were bit. Most ticks don’t carry diseases or cause serious health problems, but it is important to remove it once you’ve found it.
Tick Bite Pictures
You’ll notice that if you’re bitten by a tick, it’s typically by just one. They aren’t known for being group feeders. Below are pictures to help you identify whether or not you have a tick.
On average, a tick bite does not result in a trip to the hospital. But, some do carry diseases which can then lead to health complications. The CDC has classified about 15 diseases these pests carry, which includes Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
How To Prevent Ticks
Luckily, there are many preventative measures you can take to avoid tick bites and infestations on your property. We’ve provided some tips here.
Want to get rid of ticks on your property, contact your local Ehrlich branch to learn about our mosquito and tick control service. Our trained technicians will relieve you of stress and worry.