Despite their small size, ticks can cause big problems. As they feed on their victim’s blood, the parasites can transmit serious ailments, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can lead to a variety of health problems. As a result, it is important that you check your children and pets for ticks as soon as possible after spending time outdoors.
How to Check Pets and Children for Ticks
Take pets and children into the bathroom. Start at your pet’s head and face area. Run your fingers gently through their fur as you look for ticks and feel the animal’s body for small bumps indicating that a tick has already attached itself. Ensure that you check their ears and feet as well. If you find a tick, gently pinch it with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible. Do not crush the body of the tick. Turn the pest counterclockwise as you pull outwards. To kill a tick, flush it down the toilet or submerge its body in alcohol.
Have your children take off their clothing. Shake the clothes over the bathtub to remove any ticks carried into your house. Immediately place the clothing in your dryer, and run it on high heat for at least 10 minutes. If necessary, wash the clothing in hot water first. Start your tick inspection at your child’s head and work your way down to their feet. Ticks like dark, moist areas. Run your fingers or a comb through their hair. Look for the small, dark pests while feeling for tiny bumps. Check your children’s ears, hairline, underarms and waistline as well as behind their knees, groin area and belly button. Warm areas that perspire are the most likely spots to attract the arachnids. Have your children shower before putting on clean clothes. If you find a tick, follow the same removal and disposal procedure used for your pet.
Reduce Ticks in Your Yard
If you suspect that your property may be a breeding ground for ticks, contact our office for a no-obligation inspection of your property. After the evaluation, we can recommend courses of action that will help reduce or eradicate the tick population in your yard. These include landscaping changes that remove locations where ticks can hide and breed as well as strategies that discourage tick-laden wild animals from entering your property. You may also need a chemical pest control treatment plan to manage the tick population. Contact Capitol Pest Control if you have a tick infestation or another pest problem in Maryland, D.C. or Northern Virginia.