You Found a Tick Attached to Your Body… Now What? Janay Rickwalder
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
recent survey performed by the National Pest Management
Association, the majority of respondents did not know or use proper
methods for tick
removal. Improper removal can increase the risk of contracting a
tick-borne illness if parts of the tick remain attached to skin or
if the site of the bite becomes infected.
If you find a tick on yourself or another, use fine-tipped
tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as
possible. Pull upward with a steady, even pressure to ensure the
tick releases its bite, or is pulled fully off the skin. Then,
clean the bite site thoroughly with warm soap and water.
The region with the highest tick interaction rate is the
Northeast United States, but different species of ticks can be
found all over the country. Different species carry pose different
risks to humans, but wherever in the county you may live or travel,
tick prevention is the best method for avoiding the potentially
life-threatening diseases spread by these tiny pests.