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Tick Information and Safety Tips

Safety presentation regarding ticks.

Anthony Pearson

on 21 April 2010

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Transcript of Tick Information and Safety Tips

Ticks. They're just nasty. A few tick stories for your entertainment. Medical problems
associated with
tick bites the raisinette. they suck blood. they wait for you to pass by, then hook
onto your clothing. From there, they climb
up and find a good spot to dig in.
they numb you first,
before they bite. they have jagged barbs
that cut into you and
lock themselves in place. once engorged, they
fall off of you. Life-Cycle of the Tick eggs hatch in spring or summer, beginning in April. larvae "quest" for
its blood meal by
climbing up a stalk
of grass or brush...
waiting for you to
walk by. :) Can wait up to 5 months to
find its first meal before
it dies of starvation. If the host of the meal was infected
with Lyme disease, the tick becomes
a carrier. Once fed, they fall off to "molt". The molting process takes about
a month or more, resulting in a nymph.

The Tick Nymph has 8-legs and are sexless. Adult ticks can remain on the host for a long time, even over the winter.

After mating occurs, the female falls off the host and lays up to 3,000
eggs, then dies. Completing the life cycle. How to remove 'em! does my spouse really notice me? the scam. I hate it when people pass along bogus warnings, and I have even done it myself a couple times unintentionally... but this one is real, and it's important.

If someone comes to your front door saying they are checking for ticks due to the warm weather and asks you to take your clothes off and dance around with your arms up DO NOT DO IT!! THIS IS A SCAM!!

They only want to see you naked.

I wish I'd gotten this warning yesterday. I feel so stupid. Allergic reactions are the most serious medical condition associated with ticks. These reactions can vary from a mild itching with localized swelling to widespread swelling with pain to a severe and life threatening anaphylactic condition.

Unlike with most other medical conditions associated with ticks, severe allergic reactions may occur with any tick stage. For people who develop severe allergic reactions, it is imperative that they must always avoid contact with ticks and avoid potential tick infested areas. do you have any stories to share? Lyme disease is a tick-born infection common in the northern hemisphere. Symptoms are varied and may include rashes, fever, muscle and joint pain, arthritis, lack of energy, headaches, and swollen lymph nodes.

If Lyme disease is not detected and treated while early symptoms are present, it could progress and become more of a health problem for you. Prevention is key. 4-stage cycle:
egg, larvae, nymph and adult On a lighter note, the majority
of ticks are not infected. avoid tick-infested areas.
Check your body thoroughly for ticks.
Wear light-colored clothing... ticks hate that
Actually, that has nothing to do with it. It just
helps you see them better if they are on you.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and tuck pants
into your socks. You won't look good, but
at least you will be tick-free. Maybe.
Apply insect repellants. Use a tick removal kit offered by PPL (CAT#916278),
or purchase one from a local retailer. Grasp the tick by the head, as close as possible,
and pull upward with steady, even pressure.
DO NOT twist, jerk or squeeze the tick. Thoroughly wash the bite site with soap
and water and disinfect the bite. Then
wash your hands again. Never remove a tick with fingernail
polish, alcohol or hot matches. DEET products:
Warnings, application, and benefits.
Please refer to your handout for
complete details. Thank you for your time.
Any questions about ticks?
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