Actually, for the record, ticks can be harmful to both our canine friends and our household members. These little parasites can carry a number of diseases such as Lyme disease. Preventing them is very important to ensure the safety of everyone in your household, whether they have two legs or four.
How to keep ticks out of your house
In many cases, the trick to gaining control of pests that enter your house is to keep them out in the first place. This is also true in the case of ticks. If you have pets, there are many products on the market — from powders and sprays to collars and shampoos that are designed to repel these dangerous parasites. Of course, nothing is foolproof, so you’ll want to try a couple of different techniques.
A good plan of action is to cut down on the hiding areas where ticks camp out until an unlucky person or pet happens to stroll by. Keeping your grass clear is imperative for control of pests such as these, as it lowers their ability to find shelter. Also be sure to remove dead leaves and any clutter around your house, because ticks love to hide in these places. If your area is prone to ticks, you’ll also want to do regular inspections of your loved ones, both human and canine.
How to get a tick off of your pet or family member
Whether a tick attaches itself to a child, adult, or pet, it is important that you remove the offending beast immediately, in order to decrease the chance of contracting anything the tick might be carrying. In all likelihood, you’ve probably heard that the best way to get a tick to fall off is to burn it.
Wrong! While it may be true that this is the most popular method, it is actually one of the worst. This is because the trauma from the burning may cause the tick to regurgitate some of the blood it’s ingested back into the host. This can greatly increase exposure to disease and infection.
The proper method doesn’t rely on burning anything. Simply grab a pair of tweezers and grip the head of the tick where it is attached to the skin. Don’t get too excited and yank it off, as this could cause part of the mouth to remain behind, which is another way to increase the possibility of infection. Instead, pull on the head firmly and steadily. After approximately 20-30 seconds, the tick will release its host.
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