It’s tick season again – time to think about preventing ticks from becoming a problem. In this how-to we’ll go over how to get rid of a tick in your home and how to extract a tick after you or a loved one has been bitten. Ticks are external parasites that carry Lyme disease and many others. Tick season starts in April and only worsens in the summer through September. Dogs, cats and people with an outdoor lifestyle can be likely tick carriers.
Extracting ticks is easy with our Small Splinter & Tick Forceps, designed specifically for removing ticks and made of German surgical stainless steel.
Best Methods for Tick Prevention
- Keep your pets indoors. Pets, especially outdoor cats, rove in wooded areas where ticks are common. Keep your cat indoors, walk your dog on a leash and avoid areas with tall grasses and bushy vegetation. This is the best method for dog and cat tick prevention.
- Apply tick and flea medication. Always be sure to apply a tick treatment such as Frontline to your pets in preparation for tick season. This is also the best method for dog and cat tick prevention.
- Wear the right clothing. If you live an outdoor lifestyle, be sure to wear light-colored, protective clothing. Tucking your pant legs into your socks will prevent ticks from reaching your skin. Stay on the trails and when you’re done hiking, check your clothing and skin for ticks.
How to Extract a tick
- Removing a tick can be easy and simple if you have the right tools. Here are tips on how to make tick removal safe and easy.
- Get the right tools. Having high-quality, surgical stainless steel tick tweezers is essential to being prepared for tick removal. Get sturdy tick tweezers with a precision tip that will make tick removal easy and and efficient.
Using high-quality tick tweezers is the safest and healthiest method of tick removal from humans, pets, cats and dogs.
- Wear a pair of surgical gloves and have isopropyl alcohol available.
- Work quickly. Remove the tick as soon you you can. The longer you wait, the more likely an infection will develop.
- Sterilize your precision tick tweezers and grab the tick at the mouth or head. Pull away from the skin keeping a firm and steady hold on the tick until the tick releases. Rub the skin with an antiseptic.