One thing that a lot of people worry about when it comes to being outside is being bit by a tick. Ticks can be a problem, but there are some facts that you may not know about them beyond that they carry Lyme disease. Belpw are some tick facts that you should keep in mind.
You’re Not Infected Immediately
When a tick bites you, it can take 24-36 hours before the bacteria that causes Lyme disease gets into your system. That’s why it’s so important to find the tick and get it off of you as soon as possible.
You Shouldn’t Burn Ticks Off
This can cause the bacteria to get injected into your skin. You also shouldn’t use petroleum jelly, nail polish or something else on the tick. You should use some fine-tipped tweezers to firmly but gently grasp it close to the skin. But don’t squeeze it since this can also cause the bacteria to go into your body.
Not Everyone Gets a Bullseye
As mentioned in our last email, not everyone gets a bullseye. Some of the common symptoms of Lyme disease are fatigue, fever, swollen glands, and headaches.
Ticks are Hard to Spot
Adults are around the size of sesame seeds and nymphs are around the size of poppy seeds. So, they can be hard to see. If you are going hiking in the woods, it’s a good idea to wear light-colored clothes so that you can see them easier.
These are four facts about ticks that you should remember. If you are interested in helping keep your family safe from ticks, check out our pest control services/ We only use organic methods, and we can help you protect yourself and your loved ones from tick-borne illnesses.