How To Get Rid Of And Prevent Ticks

In the South, ticks are a year-round concern when hiking, picnicking, or gardening. These blood suckers feed on scents, heat, vibrations,

and shadows or by “questing” on grass tips with their front legs extended for a human or animal to pass by.

Ticks rush to hosts when they sense them. “Ticks can't fly or jump, but they grab onto your clothes or your pet's fur and start searching for a place to embed,”

Benson adds some ticks can transmit Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and southern tick-associated rash sickness (STARI). 

Researchers believe infected ticks take time to spread infections, albeit the data isn't clear. Ticks connected to you or your pet should be removed as soon as possible.

 The adult female Amblyomma americanum has a single white dot in the center of a brown body. These are the most common in the Southeast.

Brown dog ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) can infest houses and kennels. Though they bite less than other ticks, they can live indoors their entire lives.

Lyme illness, spread by ticks like deer ticks. The biting location may develop the rash. Other symptoms include fever, chills, headache, a

and muscle aches. Not treated, it can cause chronic medical issues that may be misinterpreted as arthritis.

If you suspect a tick bite, see your doctor immediately. Benson advises removing one attached and preserving it in a zippered-top plastic bag with a damp paper

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