How to Get Rid of Ticks

The areas that hold ticks (animal shelters, natural areas, forest, picnic areas and agricultural areas) must be avoided as much as possible. The people who visit these areas must try not to leave any exposed skin and choose light colored clothes. Possible entrance ways for ticks must be covered (for example, placing the trouser cuffs inside the socks, wearing boots).
The attached tick should be removed as soon as possible to minimize the risk of catching a disease. Especially the people who are working on agriculture and livestock should check both their and their children’s bodies and clothes for ticks frequently. The blood or any other body fluid of sick people shouldn’t be contacted without protection. After going to picnic, everyone must check for ticks and remove them properly if there are any. During picnic or camping, a lightly colored cover must be placed on the ground before sitting down. The ticks on animals should not be removed with bare hands. The blood or other body fluids of animals should not be contacted without protection. During the contact with animal blood, tissue or any other body fluids of the animals, proper precautions must be taken. The animals must be protected from ticks. Animal owners should apply ectoparasitic medication for ticks and other parasites regularly, at least 4 times a year. This medication should be done simultaneously for all of the animals that stay together. Pest control for wide areas are usually not helpful.
Since the tick bite is usually painless, people realize the tick days after the first bite, after the tick consumes the blood and gets swollen. The shorter removal time of the tick means a lower risk of disease. The ticks on the body shouldn’t be killed or squeezed. To remove the ticks from the body, methods like putting cigarettes on them, applying chemical products like cologne, kerosene or alcohol shouldn’t be used. The tick on the body should be immediately removed without touching it with bare hands, but instead using a tick card, glove, paper towel, cloth or nylon bag. It shouldn’t be crushed or burst. The ticks on humans or animals shouldn’t be killed or burst with bare hands. After the tick is removed from the body, the attachment area should be cleaned with water and soap, then an antiseptic solution, such as iodize tincture or Batticon should be applied. People can remove their ticks on their own. But if they cannot do it, the ticks must be removed in the nearest health facility. After a tick bite, people should monitor themselves for fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea for 10 days, and if any of these symptoms are experiences, the nearest health facility must be contacted.

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