Tick Control and Tick Extermination

Pest Control
By André Karwath aka Aka (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

If you have ever lived in the country, you may know all about having to perform tick checks. These tiny bugs cannot fly or jump, so they often reside in tall grass so that they can easily climb onto humans and animals in order to latch onto for food sources. Ticks are bloodsuckers that attach to their host completely and require to be physically removed. Tick bites are painless, leaving most to not notice that they have become host to a tiny parasite. This can be dangerous, however, as many ticks have the potential to spread diseases, such as Lyme Disease.

While outdoors, it is best to avoid any tall grasses that can be hosting ticks, and if you do have to be near tall grasses or shrubs it is best to wear closed toed shoes and long pants and sleeves. Many times, wild animals can be bringing ticks into the area, reducing the activity of wild animals may also reduce the number of ticks found in the area as well. If you are having a major tick problem, you can treat the yard with pesticides in order to thin out the population. There are also a number of repellents that you can use on your body in order to deter ticks from latching onto you. Treatments are also available for pets to reduce the likelihood of them bringing ticks into your home.

Should you happen to be bitten by a tick, it is best to remove them as soon as possible. It is best to remove ticks with tweezers, and it is important to remove the entirety of the tick. Once the tick has been removed, you can submerge it in rubbing alcohol to kill it or simply flush it down the toilet. While these tiny insects can be difficult to locate, they are relatively easy to remove and can often be easily to prevent as well.