Discovering a tick embedded in you or your child can be a frightening experience. Although Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the nation, the risk of developing this disease from a tick is still low. Regardless, it’s important to know all about removing a tick in a safe manner. When removed in the first 24 hours, the risk of tick-borne illnesses is low. For this reason, time is of the essence. With May being National Lyme Disease Awareness Month, the team at Active Pest Control is here with their step-by-step guide to removing a tick.
Ticks & Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is spread through infected ticks. Some deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, carry and spread Lyme disease. These tiny parasitic insects can and will attach to any part of the body but are often found in the groin, scalp, and armpits. Unfortunately, most people are infected through the bites of nymph ticks, who feed in the spring and summertime.
The good news is that when a tick is safely removed within the first 24 hours, the chances of contracting a tick-borne illness is low. It is only when an infected tick has been attached for 36–48 hours can the bacterium be transmitted. Knowing how to promptly and safely remove ticks, then, is essential to staying safe.
5 Steps to Removing a Tick
The following method is backed by the CDC and the ASPCA. For successful (and safe) tick removal, here’s what to do:
- Grab a pair of fine-tipped tweezers. Carefully pull back any hair from the skin surrounding the tick.
- Use tweezers to firmly grasp the head or mouth of the tick, as close to the skin as possible. Avoid grasping the tick’s body to the best of your ability, as this could inject the tick’s blood.
- Firmly and steadily pull the tick outward in a straight motion. Try to not twist the tweezers, as this could dislodge the head, leaving it embedded in your skin.
- As soon as the tick is removed, carefully clean the area of the bite, as well as your hands, with soap and water.
- To safely dispose of the tick, place it in a sealed bag or jar with alcohol. Another option is to flush the tick down the toilet. Do not crush the tick.
If after removing a tick you are developing a rash or fever, it’s important to see your doctor. If the tick was saved, your doctor may wish to inspect it.
Tick Removal in Atlanta GA
Ticks are feared for their ability to transmit dangerous diseases. For this reason, it’s crucial to know how to stay protected against ticks. Because these pests are common in the Atlanta GA metro area, be on the lookout for ticks in the spring and summertime. For more tips on tick removal or control services, the experts at Active Pest Control are here to help.