Ticks:15 Million Yrs Old

Tick Check

Prevention is key; spray yourself and always do your tick checks.

Ticks are resilient little buggers, pardon the pun.  Lyme disease may have been recognized only about 40 years ago, but new discoveries of ticks fossilized in amber show that the bacteria which cause it may have been lurking around for 15 million years - long before any humans walked on Earth.

Needless to say, killing a tick is no easy task.  While ticks can't swim, they can live submerged in water for 2-3 days.  When someone tells us they flushed the tick down the toilet, I picture them coming out the other end of the pipe, floating to shore and continuing on their quest as if nothing happened.

So, how do we kill these ancient pests?  Here are a couple of ways...

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As soon as you get in from the outdoors, put your clothes into the dryer and put it on high heat.  The dry heat should kill all ticks, but note, it has to be DRY heat not wet heat that will kill them.

Kill them with the heat

The Deadly Dryer

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While ticks will survive for a couple of days in water, they won't in alcohol.  If you find a tick, never use bare hands to pick it up, use tape or tweezers, put them in a bottle that can close and then immerse in alcohol.

Do NOT put alcohol on the tick while it is embedded in your skin or your pets skin.

Alcohol Kills

Drown them with Alcohol

Tick Truths...

Learn More...

Female ticks lay 1500 to 3000 eggs at a time. 

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Only 70-80% of people bitten by ticks will receive the classic bullseye rash.  Click here for images of the rash.

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Ticks are NOT insects!  They are actually arachnids, closer in relation to spiders than flies.

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There about 850 tick species!  Luckily not all of these will transmit dangerous diseases.

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