Why Is Tick Removal Necessary?

Why Is Tick Removal Necessary?

Do you know what ticks look like? In case you don’t, it is a small, brown parasite that can be found in fields and wooded areas. These feed on human and animal blood to survive. It prefers warm and moist areas like your groin, scalp, and armpits for example. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has declared that some ticks are carriers of bacteria, which can cause Lyme disease. What else should you know?



You may think that ticks removal is easy to do, however, that is not the case. Why? This is because it glues itself in place and can remarkably adapt to its environment so it latches and hangs on so that it can suck blood.


It creates the tiniest slit on the outer skin via its alternating saw blades known as chelicerae. The victim usually feels nothing because an anesthetic is injected as it travels on its way. The ticks will then force the multi-barbed hypostome deep into the skin to secrete an organic glue to lock itself in place.


This makes the ticks virtually a part of your skin so removal can be extremely difficult. So what happens when the head is left during removal? Almost nothing, except that the hypostome remains embedded in the skin. It can feel like a small splinter though, but once the head and body is removed the hypostome becomes harmless.


A hypodermic needle can be used to remove the hypostome from the skin. This should be performed by a medical practitioner of course, regardless whether is it’s a human or a pet.


When should be ticks removed?


The short answer is as quickly as possible. Even though disease transmission may not happen immediately, it is still a good practice to have it removed instantly. Keep in mind that if the ticks have bitten infected mice for example, the bacteria remains dormant in the ticks’ intestines.


The bacteria can stay dormant for years as it awaits a new host. Once fresh blood is detected, the bacteria will begin to wake up and multiply. The bacteria grows in the intestines of the tick and will gradually move to the salivary glands and injected into the bloodstream of the new host.


The multiplication and migration process up to the salivary glands of the tick will take at least 24 hours or even longer. This is why it is important to remove the ticks as soon as possible as an additional layer of protection. It is also not advisable to quash the ticks.


Many will use commercial products to kill the ticks, prevent infestation, and stop the transmission of Lyme disease. However, there is no real evidence that such products can stop Lyme disease from happening.


This means that it is still best to remove the ticks and for your pets, use preventive collars as well as have them vaccinated against Lyme disease for added protection. Keep in mind that Lyme disease will not be contracted immediately, but, be sure to watch out for symptoms that can manifest within 30 days after getting bitten. This can include rashes and flu-like symptoms.

Why is it necessary?

So again, why is it necessary to remove ticks? Because of its parasitic nature. Unless it is removed, it will continue to drain blood from its hosts, which can be reptiles, birds, amphibians, and mammals like people.


It is important to point out that not all ticks are carriers, however, this does mean that you should just let it be. Removal of ticks ensures that you do not have to deal with breeding and infestations in your home.


When done by a professional, tick removal should be a simple process that can be done in a minimal amount of time.


To ensure the protection of your family, contact SW Pest Control today!


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