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How to Remove Ticks

Discovering a tick on your body can be alarming but luckily, removing them is straightforward. Depending on how deep the tick is in the skin, you should be able to pull it out with tweezers. If you believe the tick has gone too deep and aren’t comfortable removing it yourself, we recommend you seek out a medical professional to help you remove the tick.


Color of Brown Dog Tick

Normally reddish-brown, which gives them their name. They are in fact not any redder when full of blood, but gray-blue or olive colored.

Step by Step: Removing a Tick at Home

Removing a tick doesn’t require many materials. We recommend you have the following on hand when removing a tick: 

  • Tweezers 
  • Gloves 
  • Paper towel 
  • Hand soap 

It’s important to not remove the tick with your bare hands. You run the risk of the tick entering another part of the body. 

To properly remove a tick at home, please do the following: 

  1. Take your tweezers and grab the tick closest to its mouth. You’ll want to avoid grabbing the body of the tick because you may push infected saliva and blood into your body. 
  2. Gently pull the tick out until its mouth has detached from the skin. 
  3. Clean the area with warm water and soap. 

Removing a tick is key to avoiding tick-borne illnesses, but if you begin developing headaches, joint pain or flu-like symptoms, we advise you to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Tick-Borne Illnesses

Tick-borne illnesses have similar signs and symptoms. These symptoms often occur within a few weeks of a tick bite. Tick-borne illnesses affect humans and animals with bacteria and viruses. Not all ticks harbor illnesses, but if you discover a tick on yourself, others or pets, its best you remove the tick to avoid potential infections. 

Some common tick-borne illnesses include:

  • Lyme disease 
  • Typhus
  • Colorado tick fever
  • Tularemia

The most common symptoms of tick-related illnesses include:

  • Fever & chills
  • Aches & pains in joints 
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Rash

Most often, tick-borne illnesses symptoms are mild but severe infections may require hospitalization. If you or someone else is experiencing these symptoms, seek medical attention

In rare cases, some individuals may experiencing symptoms similar to anaphylactic shock. These symptoms include: 

  • Trouble breathing 
  • Tightness in the throat 
  • Hives or swelling 
  • Vomiting 
  • Dizziness 

If you or someone you know is experience these symptoms, call emergency medical professionals immediately.

Professional Tick Control

For more information on how to identify, prevent and remove ticks from your home or business, call your local Western Exterminator specialists at 888-674-0921 or fill out our online contact form.

Dog Tick Life Cycle

A life of gorging and molting. This is basically how larvae develop. As most everything happens with a meal of blood, females feed and then drop off the host dog to lay eggs, after which her life is deemed complete, and she dies. Usually she crawls upward to wall or ceiling crevices or cracks, laying her 1,000-3,000 tiny dark brown eggs, which look a lot like caviar. 

Eggs hatch after 9-60 days into tiny larvae with 6 legs, called "seed ticks". Then they crawl down the wall and attach themselves to a dog so they can feed, although they can last 8 months without. They engorge 3-6 days and enlarge to 1/6 inches (2mm) and become blue. 

After the meal, they head off to find a spot to molt, and basically repeat this process. By 1-3 weeks they are reddish-brown nymphs with 8 legs. Then they feed for 4-9 days, grow to 1/8 inch (3mm) and turn dark gray. Once again they go off to molt, becoming adults in 12-19 days. They immediately seek a host dog, but can survive up to 18 months if unable. 

Once they find a good candidate, they feast for 6 to a record 50 days and mate – must be a taxing business. They may complete the cycle in 2 months, but there are usually 2 generations per year in the north, and 4 generations in the south.

Brown Dog Tick Infestation

When the household dog isn't happy, neither is the household. Although they seldom attack humans, as we generally have less fur to cling to, they are carriers and transmitters of several disease organisms. 

All brown dog ticks need is to move upward, and they can find a host dog.