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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.
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.
Removing a tick doesn’t require many materials. We recommend you have the following on hand when removing a tick:
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:
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 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:
The most common symptoms of tick-related illnesses include:
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:
If you or someone you know is experience these symptoms, call emergency medical professionals immediately.
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.
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.
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.
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