Ticks can become a true disaster if we don’t take care of the situation and take measures to cast them away from our yards and gardens.
And since those parasites invade our lawns every year, people got used to dealing with the mature bloodsuckers. But what if you come across a tick’s nest or this is not a tick?
Don’t worry, below we will tell you how to act to get rid of it carefully and with no harm to yourself.
Tick Nest Removal Step By Step
If you somehow managed to spot the nest, disposing of it can turn to be somewhat challenging.
Do not touch the eggs of the pest!
Don’t try to drown it since it will not work. Water won’t kill the pest’s eggs if you flush them down the drain. Discarding the nest to the trash is also not an option since the pest’s eggs can be easily transferred to other people.
Put on protective gloves.
Take any tools that can help you (for instance, a scoop with a long handler and a brush or anything that you can carefully remove the nest with and not to disturb it) and remove the nest from where it was found.
Take a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a tank with a lead or a thick zip packet. You can make use of a zip bag for this purpose or any other tank that can be tightly sealed. Only ensure that the container has no holes or cracks.
Fill the tank with the alcohol. If you don’t have any rubbing alcohol, try out acetum or bleach.
Submerge the nest in that rubbing alcohol. Take enough of it so that the nest is completely covered with the liquid.
Keep the nest tightly sealed. The alcohol will kill the eggs after a while.
After the nest is finished, either dispose of the tools used (we strongly recommend this option) or clean them with alcohol thoroughly.
How to Define It
The nest of this pest is rather small consisting of tiny burgundy-colored eggs shaped in a clump. It can usually be found outdoors on the ground where the floor-ground vegetation grows, but still, a tick’s nest is rather hard to spot due to its size.
Nevertheless, a possibility exists that it will be transferred into your home on your dog or a cat to whom those eggs get easily attached.
To be sure you came across the pest’s lineage, pay attention to the following signs:
- Burgundy color
- Caviar-like eggs
- Often found in areas with the high humidity
- Outdoors, it can be spotted on the floor level
Tips For Preventing Ticks Invasion
If you found a nest, then adult ticks are also somewhere nearby. To avoid even more troubles with them, consider taking preventive measures to make your yard and garden safe for you and useless for the parasites.
Clear the yard from any litter and possible hideouts
Trim the grass short
Trim the trees and bushes
If you want, spread nematodes, microscopic worms that are themselves the ticks’ parasites, around the yard. These creatures are safe for humans and pets, but harmful for the bloodsuckers
Plant chrysanthemum cineraria folium. This plant and its flowers are the natural repellents that will keep ticks away from your house. Among other flowers, it’s lavender, geranium, sage, rosemary, and catnip that also work as pests repellents
These eight-legged tiny beasts can be rather health-threatening and even dangerous despite their size. And since they are very adaptive, ticks are able to inhabit almost any environment and feed on any living being that has a circulatory system.
Besides, when fighting ticks, people often get carried away and go for the means that can be dangerous not only for the pests but for themselves, too.
That is why it is so important to keep the basic caution measures in our minds to protect ourselves from any possible harm these pests can bring.
- Ticks carry various diseases, so be careful and don’t touch them or their eggs with bare hands
- Apply preventative tick spray around the yard and on your clothing before going outside, especially if you are going to the wooded and grassy areas
- Check yourself and your pets for any signs of ticks presence after each outdoor walk
- Keep your territory clean with grass cut short and all the debris removed to make it as unattractive to ticks as it is only possible
- If you find this pest on yourself, on another human, or on your home animal, don’t try to push it out or drag it out with your fingers! This may lead to tearing the tick apart which will cause only more trouble.
To extract it, use tweezers or, if you realize you can’t do it yourself, go to the hospital.
Before pulverizing pesticides, ensure that the product you are about to make use of is safe for humans and pets
Never squeeze ticks since a high risk exists of various infections getting on you directly!
If you trap a tick with tape and keep showing it to a doctor later, ensure that the pest is safely hidden in a tightly sealed tank that kids and pets have no access to!
When extracting a pest yourself, avoid using home remedies like oil or vaseline to make the beast come out itself. In some cases it does work, but such a “treatment” most often causes the bloodsucker to regurgitate the body fluids into the bit spot making the contamination even worse.
Be extremely careful during the tick season and do everything that hangs upon you to protect the area you live in from their visits.
And of course, if you suspect a tick bite, don’t hesitate and visit your doctor so that the pest could be extracted safely and correctly.
Be safe, and take care!