Debunking 5 Common Tick Myths
How Deer Fencing can Keep Ticks off Your Property
Ticks are tiny parasites that can pose a big problem to both humans and pets. A tick bite can result in the transmission of serious diseases. As the tick population continues to grow every year, the beliefs surrounding ticks have also grown increasingly elaborate. Even though the internet provides a lot of information about ticks, how much of it is true?
Over the years, facts about ticks have been misconstrued by different generations. However, one fact remains true: ticks can pose a danger to your health. Deer are the perfect home for ticks. Therefore, one of the most effective ways to create a barrier between you and these pests is to install deer fencing around your property that will keep you and your family safe.
5 Tick Myths Exposed
There are several misconceptions about ticks. Believing in the wrong information or following the wrong advice may put you in harm’s way. Here are 5 popular myths about ticks:
- All Ticks Carry Lyme Disease: You are more likely to encounter a tick that carries disease, however, not all of these pests are infected. Additionally, Lyme disease is only one infection amongst several that ticks carry. A tick bite also does not guarantee that you will get sick. For most diseases, a tick must be attached to your body for more than 24 hours to transmit the infection.
- You can Feel Tick Bites: Ticks may go undetected because their bite is painless. In the past, a telltale sign of Lyme disease was a “bulls-eye” shaped rash that forms around the bite. However, fewer than half of those infected with the disease report seeing this rash. Although you may not feel the bite or see a rash, you may feel other symptoms of Lyme disease. Contact your doctor if you have recently been bitten by a tick and are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, or aches and pains.
- Household Items can Remove Ticks: Using household items such as perfume, alcohol, or petroleum jelly, are not effective methods of tick removal. According to the Centers for Disease Control, relying on these methods can put you in an even more dangerous situation. The most reliable way to remove a tick is to use a pair of needle-nosed tweezers. Grab the tick and remove it in one swift motion. Once the tick has been removed, use rubbing alcohol to clean the infection site and consult your doctor.
- Ticks Jump or Fall from Trees: Fortunately, ticks cannot jump, nor do they fall from tree branches. The only way a tick reaches the upper half of your body is by crawling up. These pests usually hide in tall grass or shrubs and crawl on an individual or pet as they walk by.
- Ticks Don’t Exist in Winter: While the tick population certainly decreases during the colder months, these pests remain active all year round. In fact, the cold weather encourages ticks to seek shelter in a warmer place such as your home. Unfortunately, this means that ticks are closer to your family and pets than ever and pose the same threat during the warmer months. While the risk is low, you can continue to protect your furry friends with tick and flea preventative medication throughout the year.
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