Wood Tics! I had 4 of them on me today! .. and here's a way to get them off that works like a damn!
Living in an area that is susceptible to wood ticks can be tough. Not only do they cling to you for dear life, they suck your blood, and as if that's not bad enough, they also can cause Lyme disease. The Deer Tick is the most common carrier of Lyme Disease. These ticks are usually about the size of a sesame seed, but after it's feasted on blood, it can be the size of a small pea. Most often tick bites don't disease since most ticks are not infected with the diseases themselves. But since some of them are infected it's best to not take your chances and to prevent contact with them altogether. This can be tricky when you want to enjoy a nice hike or walk out in nature in the spring and early summertime which is when they are most prevalent. It's best to walk on cleared trails when possible since ticks usually reside in tall grass and trees. You can also wear light coloured clothing too and tuck your pants into your boots or socks to prevent them from getting in through the bottom of your pants. You can also wear insect repellent containing DEET on any skin that's not covered too and re-apply it often. When you're finished your walk, check everywhere or have someone you feel comfortable with check you for ticks. Also, check your pets if you took them on your walk with you.
It's also important to learn some simple life hacks on how to remove ticks if you do happen to come across one or more on your body. The main thing to remember is to not crush the tick's body. This can cause the stomach contents to empty out into your blood. Here's a diy simple life hack you can try to remove ticks safely and easily from your body. Just take a spray bottle and fill it with water and about 5% to 10% soap. You can also do this in a bowl if you wish. Any soap will do just fine, but you can experiment with different soaps too. Then spray the tick with the soap mixture or put the body part that it's on in the bowl with soap and water. Wait about ten seconds. It may not kill the tick right away, but allow the soap to dry, and within a few minutes the tick should be dead. You can also take a shower right after you've been outside and suspect you may have ticks on you and simply put soap all over you and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Make sure you put it on your scalp as well to kill any that may be hidden in your hair. If you have really thick hair make sure you use a lot of soap too. Then, when the time is up, rinse off the soap and dry off as usual and then check for the dead ticks and pull them out.
Plain water doesn't bother ticks at all, but the soap really seems to work to kill them. It's because the soap dries them up and basically dehydrates them and suffocates them until they're dead. Ticks actually breathe through miniscule openings in their shell and the soap or detergent blocks these holes right up. So try this out the next time you get ticks on you, just be careful when removing them from your skin and always use tweezers to take them out of your skin slowly and gently. You don't want to leave the head in your skin. Try this simple life hack out and see how it works for you and be sure to share it with others.***