Ticks: 3 Tips on How to Remove & Repel Ticks

Health
By: Mike Dunn | Segun Oduolowu Posted: 1:05 PM, Aug 2, 2018 Updated: 2:12 PM, Aug 6, 2018

Ticks. If just hearing the word has you feeling ticked off, maybe it’s because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that seven more tick-borne diseases have been discovered since 2004. That’s why The List spoke to infectious disease consultant Dr. Mandeep Rai with Banner Thunderbird Medical Center to learn about three tips to take them on this summer. 

1. Tick Them Off 

Most of the clothing that has Permethrin in it will repel ticks. Permethrin is a chemical that’s used to treat clothing. It both repels and kills them. You can also buy sprays for at-home treatments, which are FDA-tested and are safe. However, they do have a limited life. Commercially-treated clothing lasts about 70 washes and at-home treatment lasts roughly three to four weeks before you’ll need to reapply it. Both can be found online and in outdoor stores. 

2. How to Remove Ticks 

If you do happen to find a tick on you, the next thing to know is how to remove ticks. Dr. Rai says it’s critical to extract it properly, so don’t listen to home remedies. “Burning the tick, freezing the tick or putting alcohol on the tick doesn’t work.” So, the best thing to do is use a pair of tweezers and gently pull the tick back and out. 

3. Do Your Research 

Ticks must be latched on for at least a day and a half to transmit any diseases, and the only vaccine available is for Lyme Disease. So, Dr. Rai advises to check the CDC website and ask your doctor about tick diseases in your area.  

At the end of day, we all know ticks are tiny, they’re everywhere, and they’re bad news! But the key to fighting them off will always be prevention. Make sure to check your pet daily, and yourself as well. 

 

 

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