Keep Those Ticks Away


A natural way to deter ticks:

Add 1 part tea tree oil to 2 parts water into a spray bottle. Spray on shoes, socks and pant cuffs.

Ticks thrive in moist shady areas. Git rid of brush, grass and leaves where they may hide.

Cover as much of your body as possible when working or playing in grassy or wooded areas. Wear a hat, a long-sleeved shirt, and long pants with the legs tucked into your socks. Keep in mind that it is easier to spot ticks on light-colored clothes.

Check your pets for ticks after they’ve been outdoors.

To Remove a tick:

Use fine-tipped tweezers to remove a tick. If you don’t have tweezers, put on gloves or cover your hands with tissue paper, then use your fingers. Do not handle the tick with bare hands.

  • Grab the tick as close to its mouth (the part that is stuck in your skin) as you can. The body of the tick will be above your skin.
  • Do not grab the tick around its swollen belly. You could push infected fluid from the tick into your body if you squeeze it.
  • Gently pull the tick straight out until its mouth lets go of your skin. Do not twist the tick. This may break off the tick’s body and leave the head in your skin.
  • Put the tick in a dry jar or ziplock bag and save it in the freezer for later identification if needed.

After the tick has been removed, wash the area of the tick bite with a lot of warm water and soap. A mild dish washing soap, such as Ivory, works well. Be sure to wash your hands well with soap and water also.