What You Need To Know About Ticks In Muskegon, MI
Ticks are common carriers of certain diseases such as Lyme Disease & Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Our pest control in Muskegon can help protect your West Michigan home and family.
Protect Your Pets from Ticks
If your pet spends 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 latched on to 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 by parting the fur and viewing the skin. Don’t limit your search to your dog’s torso: check between his toes, under his armpits, the insides of his ears, on the head, 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. Follow the steps to removing a tick outlined below.
Steps to Removing a Tick
Sanitize the Bite Area and Tweezers
Grab the Tick Close to the Head
Pull up Slowly and Carefully
Sanitize the Bite Area Again
Grab The Tweezers
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 submerging it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape. Never crush a tick with your fingers.
Monitor the Area
If you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. Bring the tick you saved for testing.