Important Information about Tick Bites
Ticks Bites are a Serious Health Hazard – The Best Prevention is Pest Control
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Tick Bites – a Serious Health Hazard
People and pets can get tick bites in areas with heavy shrubs and underbrush or grass that backs up to wooded areas. Properties without regular pest control treatments can be risky because of the possible exposure to ticks. The most frequent tick contact occurs with American dog tick and the groundhog tick. They can be found on various mammals including groundhogs, raccoons, dogs, and humans. Deer ticks and western black-legged ticks are much smaller than the common dog and cattle ticks.
Lyme Disease Symptoms:
When ticks bite animals, they feed by sucking blood. Ticks can get diseases from these animals, which include Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Then, ticks can pass the virus on to humans and pets. Often, emergency help should be sought right away. People who are bitten should identify the tick to help doctors diagnose the trouble.
- The site of the tick bite is a circular ring rash that looks like a bullseye, with a reddish outer ring and pale center. The place is warm to the touch, usually more than 2 inches in diameter. This occurs in 75% of those infected with Lyme Disease.
- Lymph node swelling
- Neck stiffness
- Generalized fatigue
- Migrating joint aches
- Muscle aches
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Symptoms:
- Initial symptoms may include fever, nausea, vomiting, severe headache, muscle pain, lack of appetite.
- Later signs and symptoms include rash, abdominal pain, joint pain, and diarrhea.
- The three classic symptoms are fever, rash, and history of tick bite.
Preventing Tick Bites:
- Stay out of brushy, overgrown grass and wooded habitats, especially in spring and early summer.
- Remove leaves, tall grass, and brush from work or play areas. This will reduce tick, deer, and rodent habitat.
- Apply tick-toxic chemicals to work areas to help control the tick population.
- Wear light-colored clothing so ticks may be more easily seen and removed before attaching.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots.
- Wear high boots or enclosed shoes that cover the entire foot.
- Wear a hat.
- Spray insect repellant on exposed skin, excluding the face.
- Shower and wash and dry clothes at a high temperature after outdoor exposure.
- Check your whole body for ticks, especially armpits, groin, and public areas.
- If a tick is found, remove it with tweezers and clean the area with antiseptic.
- A tick usually doesn’t bite until it has been attached to your body for 24 hours. So, if a tick should become attached to you, you need to remove it as soon as possible.
- Use tweezers to pull the tick straight away from the skin.
- Grasp the tick by the head with the tweezers.
- Do not twist or jerk ticks, as tick’s mouthparts may be left in the skin.
- Do not use a hot match or cigarette to remove a tick. This may cause the tick to burst.
- Avoid removing a tick, carefully disinfect the bite site. Wash hands with soap and water.