Who couldn’t use some solutions for dealing with ticks now that the warm weather is here?
We all know what ticks are and lets face it they’re terrible little parasites that plague any outdoor activity we may have in mind. They also suck blood, which adds another level of creepiness to them. Its important to take preemptive measures in avoiding ticks year round, but they are most active come spring and summer time. These solutions for dealing with ticks will have you enjoying the warmer months and staying worry free. So before you allow some bloodsucking parasite onto your body give this blog post a read and stay safe.
Dress the Part
Whenever you’re outside, especially in a wooded area, it’s important to dress appropriately to avoid contact with these little monsters. Wear light-colored clothing. This will help you identify any tick on your body easily. Ticks love hair and fur, in the case of pets, hopefully you don’t have fur, but hey who am I to judge. Anyway, since ticks love hair be sure to wear a hat. Tuck your shirt into your pants and your pants into your socks. It may not be fashionable but neither is Lyme disease. You’ll be thankful.
Give Yourself a Once Over
After coming inside from being outdoors put your clothes in a dryer for five to ten minutes. This will help kill any ticks that may have latched onto your clothing in your travels. It also wouldn’t hurt to take a nice hot shower. This will help remove any unattached ticks and give you a chance to check your body.
When Life Gives You Lemons
The acidity in lemons is ideal for removing ticks should you find yourself bit. All you need to do is squeeze a fresh lemon over the area and viola. It will detach soon after being exposed to the citrus. As a preemptive measure for your pets, especially those with dogs, you can make a natural solution of lemon juice and hot water when bathing them. This will help remove any ticks already on them and prevent further bites. Other natural solutions found around the home that you can use include:
- Mouthwash, Oranges, Garlic, Vegetable Oil, Vinegar, Cinnamon, Baking Soda and Aromatherapy Oils.
In order for ticks to be able to spread Lyme disease they must be attached for 36 to 48 hours. Regularly checking your body everyday is crucial and highly effective. Take note of any dark spots on your body, or any odd sensations especially on your hairline, armpits, scalp, wrists, and back of your knees. If someone can help check you out all the better, if not use mirrors for those hard to see spots. Best practice is to always check yourself before bed.
The Chickens are Restless
Ever want a pet chicken? Nah me neither, but on average a chicken eats 10 ticks per hour. Talk about bettering your chances in avoiding these horrible creatures. Now I’m not saying for you to go out and get a chicken I’m just saying it’s a natural solution in dealing with ticks – food for thought.
Take Note of Any Bite
If you do find an attached tick on your body be sure to remove it with some of the natural solutions mentioned before, or use tweezers. Once you’ve removed the tick rub the bite with antiseptic and circle the area with a marker. Check on the area every few hours for any inflammation. If you do notice a rash, or swelling seek medical attention. The earlier you catch a bite the better.
I hope these solutions for dealing with ticks can be of use now that its spring time. Enjoy the nice weather and stay safe Crucial fans.