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It is tick season. What should I do if I find a tick on my body?

Ticks prefer warm, moist areas of the body. Once a tick gets on your body, they’re likely to migrate to your armpits, groin, or hair. When they’re in a desirable spot, they bite into your skin and begin drawing blood. Unlike most other bugs that bite, ticks typically remain attached to your body after they bite you. If one bites you, you’ll likely know because you’ll have found a tick on your skin. After a period of up to 10 days of drawing blood from your body, an engorged tick can detach itself and fall off.

How to Remove a tick

If the part of the head breaks off when you pull the tick out, that’s OK. You can try to remove it with tweezers, but if you can’t, it’s no problem. Your skin will heal. Keep an eye on area and keep it clean.
These blood sucking parasites can infect people with a number of Diseases. For Seniors the risk can be especially dangerous, due to their weaker immune systems. Lyme Disease in particular can be deadly for seniors.
Symptoms can be harsh but slow to set in. A person can be infected for a full month with nothing but a small rash at the bite location. Some people may develop a bullseye rash around the bite area.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

  • Increased rashes
  • Partial Paralysis
  • Arthritis or Joint Pain
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Brain & Spinal Cord swelling
  • Nerve Pain
  • Short Term Memory Loss

Prevent Lyme Disease

  • Wear Long Sleeve Shirts and pants when in forest or tall grass
  • Wear light colors
  • Use bug spray
  • Check yourself when you come inside

If you have been bitten by a tick and have an experience to share, please do. We are all in this together and we can learn from each other.

Tick are arachnids, which means they're more closely related to spiders then theey are to flies or mosquitos. Ticks even look a lot like spiders: They have four pairs of legs, no antennae, and importantly, they do not fly or jump. Instead, when ticks are ready to feed, they usually camp out on blades of grass or other foliage, where they wait for a human or animal to come to them. It is called questing. By using their third and fourth pairs of legs for stability, they stretch out their first set of legs and latch onto the unsuspecting host; from there, ticks might crawl around until they find a thin area of skin near a small blood vesseel, where it's easier to extract blood.

Please tell us if you have experienced tick problems or found something that works for you. Share an idea, experience or thought with us here.

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