Tick bites can be dangerous. This small bug is so vicious that it can latch to the skin of its unsuspecting victims and is very hard to remove. Also, ticks can cause dangerous diseases like Lyme disease. To protect you and your family from ticks, consulting a professional pest control Virginia Beach company is a must.
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to remove a tick. Take note you must remove a tick before it transmits the deadly Lyme disease to its victim.
1.Squeeze The Tick By The Head
Locate the tick and hold it on the head or at least near the head using your fingers. You may also use tweezers, so you don’t have to grasp the tick. Take note that you need to grip the tick’s head well to prevent it from moving. You also want to hold the tick head firmly so you can remove as much as the mouthparts of the bug as you can.
2.Pull Out The Tick
Once you have held the tick securely with your fingers or a pair of tweezers, pull it out. Use a steady and even pressure to do this. If there are still mouth parts that remain after you took out the tick, use the pair of tweezers to remove these. You may use a magnifying glass to inspect the area carefully and to remove any remaining parts.
3.Use Simple Tools To Remove The Tick
Aside from a pair of tweezers, you can also use other ordinary household items like dental floss or a piece of thread. Wrap these around the head of the tick and slowly tighten it. When the floss or thread is already tight, pull the tick out.
4.Treat The Area
After the tick has been removed successfully, wash the area with soap and water. Apply alcohol or betadine on the affected area to disinfect it. Clean this area twice a day, applying alcohol or betadine right after you washing your wound.
Experts recommend saving the tick you pulled out in a container with alcohol. This preserves the tick so you can have it identified if this is a deer tick. Only deer ticks or black-legged ticks spread Lyme disease.
These steps may also be used if a tick has bitten your dog or cat. Remember, it takes around 24 to 48 hours for the tick to transfer Lyme disease to its victim, so you need to identify the type of tick that bit you ASAP.