Ticks may be small and annoying, but they can also be dangerous. Capable of spreading diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease, people often don't realize the root of their condition coming from a tick bite until it's too late.
These parasites also impose major threats to pets. Dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in warm weather, increase their risk for tick bites and may go longer without getting them noticed. Additionally, pets with thick fur make finding ticks even more difficult to remove.
If you're finding ticks around the home, on your skin, or on your pet's skin, follow these steps on how to successfully kill ticks on the spot:
To get rid of ticks that have already latched onto you or your pet's skin, use eyebrow tweezers to clamp onto the tick's neck and pull out the parasite. Use caution, as squeezing or pulling too hard on the body of an engorged tick may lead to it bursting, causing blood and infections to spread.
After the tick has been pulled out, place it in a plastic bag and dispose. Don't forget to sanitize the tweezer's tips with rubbing alcohol.
Foggers and Sprays
Ticks tend to hide in dark and tight corners inside homes, which is why it may help to use pesticide foggers to help draw them out and kill them on the spot. Foggers are similar to spray pesticides, only they use longer release nozzles that prolong the spray. They are also effective in killing any tick eggs that may be around, but hidden from plain site.
Contact a Professional
If you continue running into ticks despite your efforts in eliminating them, or if you have a large outdoor property to cover, you may need to contact a pest control company to take care of the problem for you. Leaving ticks and their eggs around your home will only put you and your pets at further risk for receiving tick bites, which can lead to some serious diseases. Let a professional pest control agent show you how to properly kill ticks and prevent your home from attracting them in the future.