Tick season has arrived in New England, and that means MA tick control should be in full swing. However, many people have the wrong impression about when tick season begins and ends. Because this leaves you, your family, and your pets vulnerable, our team is here to set the record straight.
March is the wakening month for ticks, and the more sun we get, the more fierce they become. Although mid-May through mid-November are the most active months, tick control is imperative. In the unfortunate event that you or your pet is to get a tick bite, knowing how to safely remove it is just as crucial. Although this situation is alarming and scary, we promise there’s no need to panic.
The most critical time for removing a tick is within the first 24 hours of attachment. By doing so, you’ll significantly reduce the chances of contracting Lyme disease or other tick-borne illnesses. Not only have you limited the timeframe for bacterial transmission, but you’re also providing doctor’s a faster response time for any treatments they may feel are necessary.
Removing a tick with tweezers
As one of the most common ways to remove a tick, the tweezer technique is, in fact, endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the ASPCA. This method is simple, effective, and, most of all, safe when executed properly.
With a pair of fine-tipped tweezers, follow these simple steps to ensure proper removal:
- Gently pull back any hair around the tick so that the bite is exposed
- With your tweezers, you need to grasp the head of the tick as close to the skin as possible.
- Slowly pull upward in a straight motion until the tick is removed from the skin.
- Once removed, thoroughly clean the bite with soap and water, rubbing alcohol, or an iodine solution
- Flush your tick to ensure proper disposal.
The don’ts of tick removal
As easy as the removal process seems, there are incorrect ways to go about the process. Below are a few items to keep in mind when removing a latched on tick:
- Never grasp the tick from its body. By doing so, you’re increasing the chances of injected the bitten person or animal with the tick’s body fluids or blood.
- When pulling the tick from the skin, do not twist or wiggle it. One of the most important pieces of tick removal is to remove the head from the host. If you twist or wiggle, you may tear the head off, leaving it lodged in the skin.
- Do not “crush” a tick and assume it’s dead. You’d be surprised how durable the shell of a tick can be.
- Avoid folklore removal remedies such as: suffocating it with petroleum jelly, released the grip with essential oils, or using a heat source to burn the tick, releasing the latch from the skin.
MA tick control is your best defense against potentially harmful tick bites. For more information on how our team can help, contact AllGreen Lawncare today at 781.762.7080.