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Why can’t tics be crushed, is burning a tic about the only way to kill one?

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Removing a tick by force leaves the mouth parts of the tick still in the skin. One way to kill a tick is to cover it with cooking oil That will cause the tick to suffocate since it breathes throgh pores on its skin. When it is about to die, the mouth should release its hold, so it can be removed safely.

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Why can’t tics be crushed, is burning a tic about the only way to kill one?

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They can be crushed — it’s not like they’re not made of steel or something

What you shouldn’t do is crush them if they’re attached to you because that means that the biting mouth parts get left inside you and because by crushing them you’re in effect squirting the insides of the tick into yourself — both of which can cause an infection

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I too, have never been able to crush a tic. I usually pull it out with tweezers to make sure I have the head out and then burn it. I have always been told if you burn them while they are still attached to you, the head will stay in. Not really sure. I know I hate finding them though. If you are going out into the woods or somewhere that you will probably collect a lot of them, deep woods off is a good product to keep them from covering you. You are not supposed to spray it on your skin directly though, and never spray it on children.

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A tick can be crushed, but crushing the tick will leave the head and mouth parts embedded in the skin and still run the risk of infection.

You can paint a tick with nail polish to remove it. Burn it, or poke it with a hot needle, or use special tools to remove it. You can not easily cut it out or kill it when it is embedded, you have to get it to drop off on its own or force it out (covering it with nail polish makes it stop breathing). If you do nothing to treat a tick it will drop off on its own once it has finished feeding.

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Ticks can be crushed. But they frequently carry bacterial infections, and crushing them could spread the bacteria. It’s best to remove them with tweezers, and try to keep the tick intact for possible testing and to keep the bacteria from spreading. The CDC recommends use of tweezers, no nail polish, no petroleum jelly, no burning, just grasp with tweezers and pull. Don’t wait for them to finish feeding either, remove them. Don’t destroy the tick specimen either. You can trap them in transparent tape, and they will die.

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The best way to remove a tick is to use tweezers like the ones in your Swiss army knife. GENTLY grasp the tick and flip it over its head onto its back. GENTLY pull it out. Then wash the bite. Ticks bury their heads and if you pull them out without flipping them over you’ll tear off the head and leave it in the wound.

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It is the best way to kill them. However i pull the heads off after i remove them from myself or my dog after a long hike in the woods. Soak them in a petrol product works well too.

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I’ve only had a tick once so this may be a fluke but i put soap (the gel hand kind) on it and wiggled it around. It came off in no time.


Should I burn a tick off? 5 common myths about ticks

It’s going to be a bad summer for ticks because of milder winters and growing mice and deer populations. Sean Dowling (@seandowlingtv) has more.

This is a March 2002 file photo of a deer tick under a microscope in the entomology lab at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, R.I. (Photo: Victoria Arocho, AP)

Tick season is in full swing.

If you’ve been told ticks jump off of trees and onto your body, and that the best way to remove a tick is burning it off, it’s time to read up.

When it comes to ticks, there are many common myths about how to treat tick bites and remove them. We talked to Durland Fish, a Yale school of health professor of epidemiology and Kevin R. Macaluso, professor at the Louisiana State University school of veterinary medicine, about debunking tick myths.

Myth: The only way to remove a tick from the skin by burning it.

While burning a tick off the skin may seem like a satisfying and fool-proof way to get the blood-sucker off, it’s also the worst way to remove it, according to Macaluso.

He notes that burning it may actually increase the risk of getting a tick-borne disease.

«Applying heat can increase [the tick’s] saliva production and if its infected with something increase pathogen transmission,» Macaluso said.

Beyond burning yourself, or starting a fire, you may just end up with a scorched tick attached to your skin, Fish said.

«It’s mouth parts are shaped like an anchor with backward point spines, so until that tick decides it wants to release itself it’s physically attached,» he said.

Fish said the best way to remove a tick is to use tweezers and grab the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out.

If you’re worried about Lyme disease or another tick-related illness you can save the tick and ask your doctor to test it. Just put it in a bag in the freezer.

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Myth: You can feel a tick bite you.

While a very small group of people may be able to feel a tick bite, the vast majority aren’t aware they’ve been bitten.

Macaluso said ticks secrete compounds that make humans or animals they are attached to unaware they are being bitten or fed on.

«[Ticks are] are secreting factors into the skin at the bite site that inhibit the host’s initial response, so you don’t feel it,» he said.

He said ticks need to feed for 5-10 days on some hosts, so it’s not surprised they’ve «evolved to develop strategies to avoid that itch sensation or knowing that a tick» is attached to the skin.

Myth: Ticks smell your blood like vampires and come towards you.

Ticks don’t smell blood, Kevin said.

«They sense carbon dioxide, respiration when you are breathing, and can sense heat and movement,» he said. «That is basically how they track a host; it’s not blood per say.»

Myth: Ticks jump out of trees and onto you.

«Ticks can’t jump, they don’t even have the biomechanics to jump,» Kevin said. «Ticks crawl from your leg area, so when you get a tick on different parts of your body, it’s because they crawled there.»

Myth: Lyme disease is the only tick-related disease you have to worry about.

False. Different species of ticks carry different types of diseases, and Lyme disease isn’t the only disease to worry about, according to Fish.

«There are other [tick-related disease] that are more serious,» Fish said.

He points to several other tick-related diseases:

Ehrlichiosis is a bacterial illness, typically transmitted by the Lone Star tick, which is widely distributed.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a tick-borne illness caused by the bacteria Rickettsia rickettsii. It’s potentially fatal in humans and is transmitted in the U.S. by bites from the American dog tick, Rocky Mountain wood tick, and brown dog tick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Powassan is a potentially fatal virus transmitted by tick bites. Powassan can be fatal, and some of those who survive may have long-term neurological damage, Fish said. There are no treatments for Powassan.

When it comes to Lyme disease and all tick-related bites, Fish notes that people should be vigilant about checking their bodies for ticks and if one is found remove it quickly.

Ticks must be attached to humans for 36 to 48 hours or more before the Lyme bacteria can be transmitted, he said.

«The sooner you remove the tick the less likely it is you are going to get Lyme disease,» he said. «Most people will usually find [the tick] the first day or two but, not always because very good at feeding without you noticing.»

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Antibiotics Recommended for Infected Wounds

An infection is the growth of a parasitic organism, also called a germ, within the body. The onset of an infection is sudden, causing pain and swelling around the wound. Those germs, more commonly bacteria, attach to the tissues preventing the wound from healing.

The bacteria can also enter the blood through the vein and cause a severe infection or sepsis. The antibiotic is chosen based on the bacteria present. Oral antibiotics are taken by mouth, while IV antibiotics are administered through a needle directly into the bloodstream.

1. Cephalexin

Cephalexin is a semisynthetic cephalosporin antibiotic with a spectrum of antibiotic activity similar to the penicillins 2. It is used in the treatment of infections caused by bacteria, such as urinary tract infections, ear infections and skin infections.

It works by hindering with the ability of the bacterial cells to buildup and repair its cell wall, according to Drugs.com. Cephalexin is not prescribed for patients who are allergic to antibiotics 2.

2. Amoxicillin

Amoxicillin belongs to the penicillin group of beta-lactam antibiotics. It has an effect only on bacterial population and is not effective against non-bacterial infections, such as viral infections.

A member of the penicillin class, amoxicillin does not kill bacteria directly, but rather destroys the cell wall, preventing them from making proteins, which are necessary for them to survive and thrive. Amoxicillin may be useful for infections caused by gram-positive organisms, such as Streptococci and E. coli.

3. Augmentin

Augmentin is a member of the penicillin family of antibiotics 4. It is specifically designed to fight penicillin-resistant strains of bacteria. An oral antibacterial combination, augmentin consists of amoxicillin, a semisynthetic penicillin, and clavulanate potassium, a potassium salt 4.


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How to Remove a Tick on a Human

Ticks can attach themselves to animals or humans. Once they do, they begin drawing blood. When a tick is found, it should be removed immediately 1. The longer it is allowed to stay and draw blood, the higher the person’s chances are of contracting a tick-borne illness 1. It is important to remove the tick correctly so that it doesn’t have a chance to regurgitate its saliva 1.

If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.

Hold a piece of paper next to the tick if it has not attached itself yet 1. Guide the tick onto the piece of paper and use it to transport the tick to an ashtray 1. Slide the tick off into the ashtray and use a match to burn the tick 1.

Purchase a Sawyer tick plier (see Resources) 1. These pliers will do a better job of removing the tick’s head than a set of tweezers 1. If you don’t have a set of pliers, you can use the tweezers.

Grab the tick as close to your skin as you can with the pliers or tweezers 1.

Pull the pliers or tweezers straight up and be careful that you don’t turn them in any other direction.

Examine the skin to make sure all of the tick came out 1. If the head is still in the skin, you will need to use the pliers or tweezers again to get it out.

Rub an antiseptic over the area where the tick had attached itself 1. You can purchase an antiseptic at your local pharmacy.

Watch the area for a bull’s-eye. This may indicate Lyme disease. If you see a bull’s-eye, visit your doctor for a blood test.


Using petroleum jelly or nail polish remover can cause the tick to release its saliva into your body, increasing the risk of contracting a tick borne-illness.

Ticks can attach themselves to animals or humans. Once they do, they begin drawing blood. Hold a piece of paper next to the tick if it has not attached itself yet. If the head is still in the skin, you will need to use the pliers or tweezers again to get it out.


How to Get Rid of Chiggers

Find Them, Remove Them, and Prevent Them From Biting You

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Chiggers are the larval form of adult mites in the genus Trombicula that are also known as harvest mites, harvest lice, and red bugs. They thrive worldwide in hot, humid areas. In the United States, they’re a nuisance in the southern and midwestern states, typically in the spring, summer, and fall, but every state has them. Chiggers are nearly microscopic. They measure a mere 1/150th of an inch and, while they’re often impossible to see with the human eye, they can be felt well after they have bored tiny holes into your skin with their sharp, jawlike claws to feast on skin cells.   Their skin-dissolving saliva leaves itchy, welt-like hives that often last for days. The good news: There are ways to track, rid, and prevent them. If you think you’ve got chiggers on your property, use the following as your guide: Don protective clothing and repellent and take back your land from the biting enemy. And know that you are not the only one tracking chiggers in your yard. They’re food for various species of ants, beetles, centipedes, spiders, birds, and a lot of other small creatures.

What Do Chiggers Look Like?

Chiggers are arachnids, and up close they look like a cross between a crab and a spider in a range of warm colors, from straw to yellow, to orange and red. With a magnifying glass, you might see them in groups on a blade of grass or low-hanging leaf. You might find them moving on your legs—or maybe just see the welts from their bites. Note: The larvae have six legs and are the ones that bite (adults have eight legs).

How to Dress for Chiggers

Your first step, of course, should be confirming that you have a chigger infestation in your yard. If you’ve experienced the incessant itching of chigger bites after spending time outdoors, you’ll know it. But if you aren’t sure about the cause, you can do a quick test to confirm the offending pests are, indeed, chiggers.

Before you check your property, it’s recommended that you cover as much of your skin as you can. Loose-fitting shirts and pants with a tight-woven fabric are best. Tuck pants into thick socks and tall shoes or boots. Button collars and cuffs. Use an insect repellent containing DEET on skin and clothing, and if you want extra protection, dust your socks and the inside of your shoes with sulfur powder. When you are done with your investigation, and before going back to your house, check for chiggers by brushing off your clothes and examining the edges of your clothing where it meets your skin. You may even want to discard your clothes outside before going into the house. Put them in a plastic bag until you can get them into a hot wash. Then take a hot shower.

How to Find Chiggers

Most chiggers prefer moist, shady areas with thick vegetation, so focus your investigative efforts on these types of places in your yard. Don’t bother searching for chiggers in areas that get full sun or where you keep the lawn mowed short.

To begin your search, you’ll need one or more squares of black cardboard, each about 6×6 inches. Stand the cardboard squares on edge in areas where you suspect chiggers may be. Leave the squares in place for several minutes.

Then, look closely at the cardboard. If chiggers are present, they will climb up the cardboard and gather near the top. The chiggers will be tiny and either red or yellow in color, so you should be able to easily see them against the black backdrop.

Another way to find them: Leave a shallow bowl of water in the grass for a few minutes. Look for chiggers congregating around the rim. You may need a magnifying glass to see them.

Get Rid of Chiggers in the Yard

If you find a heavy infestation of chiggers, it’s time to eliminate their habitat. The good news is that widespread use of pesticides to get rid of chiggers is rarely required or recommended. However, the solution does involve yard work.

Because most chiggers prefer moist, shady areas with thick vegetation, these are the areas that will involve the most work. (Note: Some species do like dry areas, so keep that in mind.) You’ll be tackling prime chigger habitats, including overgrown lawns, ground covers, leaf litter, weedy areas, and densely planted shrubs or trees. Chiggers tend to cluster in certain areas because the small females lay their eggs in one location. You may find an abundance of chiggers in one area and a complete lack of them in an equally suitable area nearby. That said, you may have less work than you think you do.

So how do you get rid of chiggers in your yard? Maintain a neat and tidy landscape, specifically:

  • Mow your lawn regularly and keep it short, especially around the edges where the grass meets landscape beds or woody areas.
  • Keep landscape beds weeded and remove accumulated leaf litter.
  • Trim and prune landscape plants regularly to keep them from becoming overgrown.
  • Remove brush piles from your property.
  • Because chiggers avoid sunny areas, eliminating shade in your yard can reduce chigger populations.

If you feel you absolutely must treat your property for chiggers with pesticides, please do so responsibly and safely:

  • Contact your local cooperative extension office to get information about which pesticides work best for chiggers in your area and how to safely apply them.
  • Always follow all directions on pesticide labels. Remember, the label is the law.
  • Treat only areas of your yard where chiggers are confirmed to live.
  • Don’t overuse pesticides by treating your entire lawn or yard.
  • Chigger control usually requires multiple applications of pesticides during the spring.
  • Keep children and pets off treated areas until they have dried completely. Don’t allow animals to eat treated plants.

Get Rid of Chiggers on You

You might find little red bumps on your legs or see the bugs themselves. Pay particular attention to searching necklines, shirt and pant cuffs, and the tops of your socks. If bumps or chiggers are found, wash your skin with soap and water in the bath or shower, and wash your clothes in hot water. Also, throw in the wash any towels or blankets that touched the ground.

The bumps will go away with hydrocortisone cream, allergy medication, or rarely, a steroid injection given by your doctor and antibiotics if the sores become infected.  

Get Rid of Chiggers on Pets

Wipe off your pet’s face with a soft cloth or vet-recommended wipe. Longer, denser fur should keep the rest of its body protected. If your pet gets bitten, give it a warm bath. Seek treatment for itching from your vet, as home remedies added to bathwater that are espoused online may not work. Bathing your pet with soaps that contain flea and tick repellents can help prevent chigger bites.

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Get Rid of Chiggers Indoors

Hot water helps rid your house of chiggers as well. Clean with soapy water that’s at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also use a carpet shampooer that has a heat setting. To help prevent them from coming back, just vacuum regularly.


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How To Remove Ticks

Ticks, including tick larvae and nymphs (the two life stages that precede the metamorphosis into the adult tick form) favor a moist, shaded environment, especially areas with leaf litter and low-lying vegetation in wooded, brushy or overgrown grassy habitat. You do not need to be an avid outdoorsperson to come into contact with infected ticks. Since many mammals other than deer and dogs are hosts to the Ixodes ticks that carry Borrelia, Babesia, Bartonella and Ehrlichia, infected ticks may be brought into suburban and urban settings by wildlife moving through the areas during the day and night. Your dog or cat can bring them into the house, or you may get them sitting out in your yard. Other types of animals are hosts to ticks carrying these organisms, including other mammals and other mammals. Other arthropods, such as mosquitoes, may turn out to successfully carry tickborne organisms.

In fact, one of the biggest sources of ticks isn’t wild animals, but your pet dogs and cats. The other major source of ticks is just being outdoors in areas where ticks are likely to be. Borrelia, and possibly other parasitic organisms living in the ticks, drives the ticks to climb up weeds and grasses and remain there during the day, waiting for a warm-blooded host to walk by close enough to grab onto their clothing or skin. When you are walking on hillside paths, the ticks will be congregated on plants on the uphill side of the path. So, the very ground on which you walk, the grasses you brush by or picnic on, and the fallen log you rest on are the most likely places humans will come into contact with Ixodes pacificus in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Thus, one must become familiar with all the signs of these tickborne diseases in order to seek appropriate testing and proactive, preventive treatment. Since only 50 percent or less of people finding ticks actually get the bull’s-eye rash (erythema migrans)—or any rash—from a tick bite, one cannot rely on the presence or absence of such a rash to determine likelihood of infection.

Do not twist the tick or turn the tweezers as you pull out the tick. Pull out straight with a slow, steady motion. Twisting may force more organisms into your body, and may result in the head or more of the mouthparts being left in your body.

Do not apply any substances to the tick before removing it — no alcohol or nail polish, no petroleum jelly or other ointments, and do not try to burn it out or otherwise convince to let go of you. It won’t let go. It will just happily keep on sucking your blood and pumping pathogens into you.

Western Black-legged Tick
Ixodes pacificus

American Dog Tick
Dermacentor variabilis

Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
Dermacentor andersonii

Save the tick or any nymphs or larvae that you find on you. Store them in a clean glass jar or film container, tightly lidded and labeled with the date you pulled the tick off you and the location you were when you acquired the tick.

Ideally, you should have the tick tested right away to see what it contains. Ixodes pacificus is currently the only western tick associated with Babesia, Bartonella, Borrelia and Ehrlichia, but other ticks, such as the Dermacentor variabilis (American Dog tick) can carry pathogenic organisms causing diseases in humans and domestic pets (in this case, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia); Dermacentor andersonii is also a vector for RMSF.

A good rule of thumb: have all ticks tested regardless of species. There is a fee associated with tick testing.

Ticks can be sent to

or delivered to your county’s public health laboratory:

Remove the tick properly. Using sharp pointed tweezers, or specially made tick tweezers, grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible, as close to its embedded mouthparts as you can. If you squeeze the body or head, you risk compressing the guts and salivary glands and expelling even more organisms through their mouth into your body.
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