In our never ending quest to find property on which to build our new house, we have been traipsing in… through… up… and over… tall, thick brush filled with ticks!
Here’s what I’ve learned about the dangers of ticks. (Like not all ticks carry the dreaded lyme disease.)
And the best tip of all: The easiest way to remove ticks!…
All About Tick Bites
There are a number of experts who have compiled lists of what to look for, how to remove, and how to prevent tick bites.
My favorite ones are here:
- Tick Identification: Which Type Bit You?
- How To Remove A Tick From Your Body
- All About Ticks
- How To Identify Different Ticks
- Which Ticks Carry Lyme Disease?
According to a Newsweek article, “ticks feed on humans for at least 72 to 96 hours” and their favorite areas on the body are the armpits and groin area.
On us, the ticks seem to prefer our calves… knees (front and back)… waist… calves… ankles… and did I mention calves? FYI, we were always wearing long pants and DEET!
Our Experience With Tick Bites
Judging from the above information, we have been bitten by mostly Lone Star Ticks, and plenty of Tick Larva!
Before this summer, I had never seen ticks as small as the ones pulled off our legs, arms and other parts.
These tiny ticks are fairly easy to pull off your skin, but the itch lingers on for DAYS… even weeks.
There for awhile, my skin kept bruising from all the scratching I was doing.These little buggers pack a mighty bite! Then I started using Benadryl, and applying a Cortaid-type product to the bite, and the itching went away much faster.
The #1 BEST tip I’ve learned is…
To remove a tick from your skin, the proper way is as follows:
First, using tweezers, grasp the tick as close to its head as possible. (Not the tick’s back, which is the largest and easiest to grab.) Gently lift the tick away from your skin until your skin puckers. Hold the tick in this position until the tick lets go. This may take a few seconds to one minute. Source
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UPDATE #1: I just found out that I have Lyme Disease. (Told ya we’ve had our fair share of tick bites!) It’s from a tick bite I received over 6 months ago.
UPDATE #2: We’ve since learned about another (better) way to prevent tick bites: Permethrin instead of DEET!
UPDATE #3: Did you know that you can get Lyme Disease from your dog? (Mine was obtained from a direct bite from a tick, not from my dog.) Here’s how to tell if your dog has Lyme Disease from a tick bite.
And here’s how to remove a tick from your dog: