Several kinds of ticks can affect humans, and each one comes with its own set of diseases that they’re known to spread. Some of those ticks include the Blacklegged tick, the American dog tick, and the Rocky Mountain wood tick. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between these three.
American Dog Tick
Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
If you do end up with a tick bite, it’s important to quickly remove it. Although burning ticks off the skin is still in practice, it’s a misnomer. Burning the tick can cause an increase in saliva production. If the tick is carrying a pathogen, you increase the likelihood of catching the disease. Tick mouthparts include two palps, two chelicerae, and one hypostome. The hypostome is the part that it feeds with. It looks similar to a saw, with teeth on both sides. These teeth curve toward the tick’s body, and this is the part you need to use caution while removing.
Get Lost Pest Control recommends the best method for removal is using tweezers. Grab the tick by the head with sterilized tweezers, as close to the skin as possible. Pull in a straight motion. Do not twist or wiggle as you’re pulling. Once removed, clean and sanitize the bite area and dispose of the tick. If you develop a fever, rash or any other symptoms after a tick bite, go to the doctor immediately.
Protect yourself from tick bites
To protect yourself from tick bites you should wear long clothing, such as sleeves and pants, and use an EPA-registered tick repellent. If you’ve spent the day outdoors, check yourself for ticks after coming home. Keep in mind that some ticks are tiny and difficult to see. Also, check your pets for ticks daily. Ticks are resistant to many types of common household pesticides. You must have effective methods to eradicate ticks because of their many health concerns
Get Lost Pest Control provides no-contract quarterly and one-time pest control and extermination services to residential and commercial customers throughout the Treasure Valley.
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