Archive for June 18th, 2012

Ticky Business

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Texas tick

Texas tick

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Summer means we’ll be spending more time outdoors—with the ticks. Ticks are blood sucking critters, and some may carry disease-causing bacteria which they transfer to their host when they bite.

Here are a few more things to know about ticks:

Ticks don’t jump, fly, or drop from trees onto your head. They crawl. So, if you find one attached to your cabesa that means it hitched a ride on your foot and traveled your entire body to get to your noggin. Feel violated yet?

Whenever you come in from the outdoors, a quick daily tick check at bath or shower time can be helpful in finding and removing attached ticks before they can transmit an infection. You may need to have a friend or family member help check your person…as those little biters can be crafty, disguising themselves as moles.

Deer tick nymphs look like a poppy seed on your skin. They’re easy to miss, their bites are generally painless, and they have a habit of climbing under clothing and biting in hard-to-see places. You know what I mean.

The easiest and safest way to remove a tick is with pointy tweezers—the kind women use for plucking their eyebrows. Do not twist–pull upward with a firm, steady pressure. Once removed, clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water…and you’re ready for your next outdoor excursion.

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For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.