Common Misconceptions on Ticks – Activity Shown Beyond Summer Months and Forest Regions
While the rise of social media has had many benefits, it’s also increased the spread of rumors, misinformation and “old wives’ tales.” Our Sea Girt NJ exterminator tackles some of the most common misconceptions about ticks and separates fact from fiction.
Can Ticks Actually Jump?
The uncanny ability of ticks to latch onto people and animals has created the general impression that they have the ability to jump. Some people even claim to have seen this happen. In reality, ticks stay low to the ground, alert to the presence of heat and carbon dioxide that signals a nearby “meal.”
Do Ticks Live Only in Wooded Areas?
Awareness of ticks always increases during summer months, when people are involved in camping, hiking and other activities in and around forests and thick vegetation. But as people travel, much like with bed bugs, ticks are expanding their range, turning up closer to densely populated areas.
Should You Use Soap or Petroleum Jelly to Remove Ticks?
While everyone seems to have their own ideas on how to remove a tick, the safest method is using a pair of fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick and pull straight up.
Do All Ticks Carry Lyme Disease?
No, not all ticks are infected with Lyme disease, but they may carry other diseases. Caution should always be taken around ticks.
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