Ticks are blood sucking vectors which carry diseases to human beings. The saliva of tick harbors disease organism and it is responsible for disease transmission during the tick bite.
There are almost 800 species of ticks in nature; the arthropod is just like a spider. Bed bugs and fleas also bite humans for blood meal, and they are often confused with ticks. But in reality they are totally different; they are insects while tick is a vector. The adult tick is ¼ inch with eight legs.
There are four stages of tick’s development; egg, larvae, nymph and adult.It takes almost a year for a tick to develop in an adult form. Ticks live in humid and busy areas. They do not move for a long distance. They stick to the passing animal and humans for its transportation and feeding.
Bite of a tick on human is often painless; later on it may develop itching, burning, redness and in some cases an anaphylactic reaction.
These are the diseases which are spread from bites of ticks on human beings.
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
- Lyme disease.
- Relapsing fever.
- Q fever.
How to Get Rid of Ticks on Humans
- When a tick bites, it buries its head into the skin. It breaths through the back.
- You have to use a tweezer to remove the tick. Do it gently, because if it is broken off, then there are chances of infection.
- Do not apply vaseline or heat to the tick, if it is stressed it will vomit and release toxins in the blood stream which will prove dangerous.
- So after careful removal with tweezers, rinse the bite area with soap and water. Apply an antiseptic on the area to protect against infection.
- The best way of getting rid of seed ticks from humans is to place a duct tape on the tick, and pull it out. You can then clean the area with soap water.