Ticks wake up in early spring (tips and protection)
Medical experts single out 15 diseases that ticks transmit to humans (of which 7 are life-threatening). There is a common belief that ticks jump from trees on people even though it is not. The tick comes out of the forest cover every morning as soon as dew appears. The tick then climbs the grass and lurks for prey. The tick has the ability (and without loss of parasitic properties) to survive without food for up to a year. Then only the development of ticks slows down. The most common diseases transmitted by ticks are encephalitis, borreliosis, piroplasmosis and various fevers. At one point, the infection appeared as soon as the tick expelled part of the blood and absorbed substances. The person does not feel the bite because the salivary parasite contains a strong analgesic that blocks the sensitivity of the skin. It is important for people to know that only quality prevention will be adequate protection against these forest parasites.
The probability of getting the infection also depends on the time the tick spent in a clingy state. It is necessary to remove this parasite as soon as possible.
Tips for removing ticks from the skin
Do not pull, squeeze or pull the tick out of the skin. Do not pour alcohol or oil over the tick, because the contents of the stomach will be expelled into the blood, so you can get a cocktail of complicated infections (borrelia, bartonella, anaplasma, chlamydia, mycoplasma, etc.). If treatment is delayed then treatment is impossible. Proper removal of ticks from the skin is done with tweezers or a special medical fork. Then the tick can be easily removed from the skin with rotational movements. You should have this simple instrument at hand when visiting forest areas and picnic areas. Put the tick in a bottle and take it to the lab for testing. However, the health of a person who has had a tick bite depends on it.
Prevention of tick bites and prevention measures
- Adequate clothing – it is important to choose protective clothing (especially children’s clothing) when going outdoors. For example, a specially sewn jumpsuit in light colors and made of smooth fabric. Pants should be the length that includes the heels, or they can be pulled into shoes or with wide rubber. The light color of the clothes allows you to quickly spot ticks. It is best to tie a scarf on your head. Every 15 minutes it is good for the hikers to see each other.
- Walking locations-Ticks are maximally active in semi-darkness, in thick grass and at temperatures up to + 20 ° C. It is best to walk in sunny locations with mowed grass or locations covered with sand.
- Means for repelling ticks are essential oil with vinegar, liquid with vanilla. Essential oil with vinegar: 3 tablespoons of 6% apple cider vinegar pour into a spray bottle. Add 15 drops of tea tree essential oil and one tablespoon of aloe vera juice. Apply to exposed parts of the body as greasy stains remain on clothing. Vanilla liquid: Crush 2 vanilla sticks in a small bowl with a quarter liter of water. Bring the liquid to a boil. Remove from heat and cool. Pour into a spray bottle. Apply the product on the skin and clothes several times during the walk.
- Means for destroying all types of ticks – use dried herbs of the pyrethrum plant (Latin Pyrethrum cinerarealifolium). Pour three tablespoons of dried pyrethrum grass with a glass of boiling water. Bring the liquid to a boil. Cook over low heat for another 5 minutes. Cool and strain. Use in the form of body and clothing sprays because this liquid removes all types of ticks.