Ticks are a pain to have around. Not only are these pests irritating, but they’re also dangerous, able to transmit a handful of harmful diseases to both humans and animals. But like anything that presents a health concern, there are endless myths surrounding ticks, getting them off your skin, and what to do when one of them bites you. Below, we’ll take a closer look at some of these myths, why you shouldn’t believe them, and how our tick control company fights these pests in the Hoffman Estates, IL area.
Common Tick Myths
There’s a long list of tick myths out there. Let’s examine a few of the most common:
1. Ticks jump or drop down on you from trees
One of the most common myths about ticks is how they get on you. Ticks do not fly, jump, or even fall onto humans or pets from the trees above. They actually sit on low-lying vegetation with their arms stretched out, waiting for animals to walk by and brush against the plants they are hanging out on. Ticks will latch onto a host animal when they make contact and start crawling towards the thin parts of skin, like armpits, the groin, or behind the neck.
2. You can test the tick that bit you for Lyme Disease.
Yes, you can technically test ticks for Lyme Disease. However, this doesn’t tell you whether or not the tick that’s bitten you transmitted the disease to you. Also, if you’ve been exposed to more than one tick, testing one for Lyme Disease isn’t a reliable indicator of whether or not the disease has been transmitted to you. For a diagnosis, visit a healthcare professional instead of depending on tick tests.
3. Burning a tick will kill it.
One of the most annoying things about ticks is how resilient they are. Ticks are protected by a hard exoskeleton, but your skin isn’t, so taking a lighter to your skin will burn you before it harms the tick. Also, when the tick senses danger, it may spit its gut contents into the wound, increasing the risk of disease. To effectively remove ticks, tweezers are the way to go.
4. If you find a tick on your body, take antibiotics to prevent disease.
Self-medicating with antibiotics without consulting a healthcare professional and being diagnosed is never a good idea. If you find a tick on your body, visit a medical professional.
How Our Tick Control Company Fights Ticks in Hoffman Estates
When you choose our tick control company, you’ll work with a team of experts who know what it takes to fight these pests. With our top-notch products and advanced equipment, we make short work of ticks.
We proudly serve homeowners and businesses in these areas:
- Hoffman Estates
- Arlington Heights
- And throughout the surrounding communities
To get started with our tick control company in Hoffman Estates, contact us today!Back