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Tick Identification, Prevention and Removal
Michigan has a growing number of ticks; especially along the western shoreline – the beach grass in the dunes, hiking trails, game areas. The three species of ticks that are most commonly encountered in our state are: American Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick, and the Deer Tick or also known as the Black Legged Tick. The Black Legged Tick is the one that carries the Lyme Disease. The symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. After you have been outdoors or in an area where you suspect there might be ticks, do a thorough tick check on yourself, your kids and your pet.
Ticks transfer between hosts, so it is important to check all family members after activities in wooded, leafy or grassy areas. In many areas of the United States, ticks are active year-round, even after a killing frost. Tick identification, prevention and removal are very important to your family’s health.
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Removing a Tick
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Avoid pinching your skin.
- Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off.
- If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
- After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
- Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape. Never crush a tick with your fingers.
- If you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. Bring the tick you saved for testing.
Pets and Ticks
If your pet spends much time outdoors, tick checks should be part of your daily routine. Here’s how to spot a tick – and what to do if one has grabbed hold of your pet.
Scan for ticks by running your fingers slowly over your dog’s entire body. If you feel a bump or swollen area, check to see if a tick has burrowed there. Don’t limit your search to your dog’s torso: check between his toes, under his armpits, the insides of his ears, and around his face and chin. Ticks can be black, brown or tan and they have eight legs. They can also be tiny: some species are only as large as the head of a pin. If you find a tick it needs to be removed.
The equipment you’ll need are gloves, clean tweezer/tick removers, disinfectant or antiseptic cream and Isopropyl alcohol.
Stay safe and wear gloves while handling ticks to avoid contact with your skin. Now, using the tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible (without pinching your pet). Slowly pull out the tick in a straight, steady motion. Anything left behind could lead to an infection. If you’re using a tick remover, gently press the remover against your pet’s skin near the tick. Slowly slide the notch of the remover under the tick, pulling it free.
Now to clean up. Drop the tick into isopropyl alcohol and note the date you found the tick. If your pet begins to display symptoms of a tick-borne illness, your veterinarian may want to identify or test it. Wash your hands, clean your pet’s wound with antiseptic and make sure to clean your tweezers with isopropyl alcohol. Keep an eye on the area where the tick was to see if an infection surfaces. If the skin remains irritated or infected, make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Watch your pet for symptoms of tick-borne diseases. Some symptoms include arthritis or lameness that lasts for three to four days, reluctance to move, swollen joints, fever, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, loss of appetite and neurological problems.
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