May 9, 2012
With the month of May being Lyme Disease Awareness Month there is a lot of talk about ticks. Awareness is being spread across the country about ways to avoid and prevent ticks from getting to you, your family, your pets, and your property. This increased awareness certainly does help many to avoid ticks, but the reality is that even with precautions, sometimes the ticks still find their way to you.
Our previous blog hit on how to do a tick check and now we would like to discuss what to do if you do find a tick. It can be an alarming moment when you actually spot the little critter attached to your skin. First things first Arkansas residents, do not panic! Lyme disease is not really an issue in our area, but that does not mean you didn’t bring one home from out of state and even if you have a tick bite that does not necessarily mean you may be dealing with another kind of tick-borne illness. You do want to remove the tick as soon as possible and here are the three steps to safely removing a tick from yours, a family members, or a pet's body:
Grab some fine tipped tweezers and get a hold on the tick as close to your skin’s surface as possible.
Pull straight upward to remove the tick from your skin and do not twist or yank the tweezers as you could leave parts of the ticks mouthpiece in your skin.
After the tick has been removed from the skin, wash your hands and the infected area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
If you notice any symptoms like the ones mentioned in our Tick Borne Diseases To Watch Out For In Arkansas you contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Remember to continue to enjoy the outdoors this spring just at the caution of watching for ticks. There is no need to avoid making great memories with family and friends just because of the threat of a tick bite. Although there are predictions for a heavy tick season this year, as long as you continue to check for ticks and keep your pet’s treated, you should be good to go!
McCauley Services offers home pest control services for fleas, ticks, ants and other pests in Little Rock, Hot Springs, or and elsewhere in Arkansas. If you are worried about insects and rodents, contact us today!