Ticks can transmit a number of painful, debilitating diseases including:
- Lyme Disease
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- (HA) Human Anaplasmosis
- Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness
- Powassan Virus
Here is a simple, effective, yet painless way to remove an embedded tick:
Squirt a glob of liquid hand soap to a cotton ball, Cover the entire tick with the soaked cotton ball for a full 20 seconds. The tick will cease biting, back out and will remain stuck to the cotton ball when it's pulled away.
Using this method assures that the ticks head is also removed and is not accidentally left in the skin (which commonly occurs when they are "yanked" out using tweezers.
If you are unsure of how long a tick has been embedded on your skin, place it in a jar in rubbing alcohol so that it can be tested for Lyme disease.
If you have a tick on your person and it is not yet biting, you can apply a piece of scotch tape to the tick, it will stick to it, fold the tape closed and throw it away. No need to burn it and have the nasty smell linger in your home, it won't be able to get free.
To Prevent Ticks:
- Wear light clothing
- Fill a small Spritz bottle with water, add 40 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil, shake and spray on liberally.