Hitch-Hiker Ticks first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.
It’s outdoor season and with that comes tick season! Many of us are spending time out in the fresh air, enjoying the weather, getting involved in all sorts of activities and generally enjoying what the outdoors has to offer. Without spoiling your fun though, we thought it might be wise to just send out a gentle reminder to take extra time with your tick prevention, so that outdoor enjoyment doesn’t expose you to the dangers of tick borne diseases.
Lyme disease is caused by the bite of an infected deer tick nymph. Symptoms begin, one to two weeks after being infected, typically with a bull’s-eye rash accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, and muscle or joint pain. When detected early, it is usually successfully treated with antibiotics. Left untreated, cases can lead to musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiac problems.
Lyme disease is a serious threat to us all and we want you to enjoy spending time outside safely.
To remove a tick, use clean tweezers, grasp the head as close to the skin as possible, and slowly pull straight out. Afterwards, wash the site of the bite with soap and water or disinfect with alcohol or hand sanitizer.
If mouthparts break off and remain in the skin, remove them with tweezers. If you are unable to easily remove them, leave them alone and let the skin heal.
So go have fun! Enjoy the great outdoors and just be mindful of any potential hitch-hiker ticks that want to join you on your adventures.