Did you know that ticks are known carriers of 16 diseases that can be passed onto humans? Do you have small children and pets in your house and have recently found ticks sucking out blood from your beloved furry pet? Want to seek professional help and need a licensed Tick expert in San Antonio? We at Accurate Pest control understand that ticks are one of the biggest outdoor threats to you and your family. We advise you to be aware of ticks, especially when spending time outdoors hiking and camping. Below we have answered a few questions which will help you kill a tick quickly at home.
Can you crush a tick?
Yes, you can! But some ticks are easier to crush than others. Ticks can be hard-shelled, commonly called hard ticks or soft ticks that have callous leathery skin. Therefore, thick ticks are hard to crush, but soft ticks can be crushed easily. It is challenging to crush ticks with fingertips because they are primarily flat when they are not engorged. With soft fingertips, it can be hard to exert enough pressure to smash them. We advise you to use pliers as they can effectively do the job.
Should you squish a tick?
We at Accurate Pest Control recommend that you never squeeze a tick as it will force the tick’s contents to go back into the host. Not only is this disgusting, but it can also be hazardous. Ticks can carry diseases such as Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Borrelia mayonii, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and many more. If you get injected with tick sludge, there is a high possibility of an infection.
When it comes to tick control in San Antonio, we are familiar with the habits of these pests like the back of our hands and even better at eliminating them quickly. If you need a tick exterminator in San Antonio, turn to our specialists.
Here are few ways to kill ticks
- Heat Treatment: You can wash your clothes in the washing machine at ≥54°C (≥130°F) after possible exposure to ticks. Ticks will die at these temperatures. You can also put clothes in your dryer for 6 minutes on high to effectively kill all ticks. Another brilliant idea is to throw the tick into your campfire.
- Alcohol: You can kill any tick with rubbing alcohol or mouthwash. Use a liquid-filled container with a lid and drop ticks into it.
- Spray tick killer: This is most commonly used as a repellent but will work to kill ticks as well.
- Diatomaceous earth: It is an all-natural, effective, non-toxic powder that will kill ants, bedbugs, and ticks.
- Tape it: Tapping is one of the simplest methods to kill ticks. You need to stick the tick to a piece of packing or duct tape and then double it over. The tick can’t escape, and it will die from lack of oxygen/water. You can dispose of the tick into the trash.