With a recent increase in the tick population, the myths about them are also on the rise. Everything about them including where they originate from, how they infect pets and more importantly, how to get rid of them can be misinterpreted and misleading. Depending on who you talk to, different myths have been passed on from generations, so let’s take a look at some of the biggest myths to help you deal with ticks better:
- Myth: Ticks jump out from trees
This is one of the most common myths out there. Experts have however, proven that not only can ticks not jump but they can’t climb far up trees either. Ticks are usually present on low blades of grass or bushes and latch onto pets that come in contact with them. Some ticks are even blind and use only the front part of their bodies for climbing onto pets and humans.
- Myth: You can get rid of ticks using matches, Vaseline etc
Although some home remedies do work, tweezers are your best bet for getting ticks out. Burning matches are extremely unsafe and no responsible pet owner will want to it near their pet The best way to get rid of ticks is to grab the body with tweezers and pull the body out. Once you’ve pulled out as much as possible, use soap and water to clean the area.
- Myth: Ticks only spread Lyme disease
Lyme disease is the most common disease spread by ticks but there are other potentially fatal diseases that they also spread to dogs and humans. This includes spotted fever, ehrilichiosis, anplasmosis and more. Unfortunately, diseases that are spread through ticks do not show up in blood tests and can be hard to detect. Early symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick borne diseases are similar to that of the flu.
- Myth: Ticks aren’t a problem in the winter
Ticks have no problems surviving in winter as they tend to relocate indoors and be even more of a hassle for you and your pets. Some ticks also have various mechanisms to survive in the winter including secretions. Vets usually recommend preventative medication throughout the year for this reason.
- Myth: Ticks can spread diseases without their bodies
Many pet owners believe that ticks can still spread diseases even after they pull out the body. This incredulous myth leads many pet owners to worry about tick removal even more. Ticks cannot spread diseases using just their heads. Minor inflammation is the only consequence of letting tick heads remain on your pet’s skin. Heat packs will help them fall off quicker. In any case, tick heads will fall off in a few days by themselves.