Dog Tick ~ Dermacentor variabilis

My poor husband was attacked by a dog tick. He wasn’t anywhere that was a tick haven… He was in our yard. We do live near a forest preserve and have our share of wild furries sharing our space. Luckily, it’s not the tick vector for Lyme’s Disease. Granted, there’s other things he might be able to look forward to, like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Bartonella. Yeah!

The best way to prevent a tick borne illness is to avoid tick bites. If you’re going to visit wooded areas or areas with tall grass, follow these precautions to help prevent tick bites and the risk of disease:

  • Wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, boots or sturdy shoes and a head covering (ticks will jump from trees). Tuck your pants into your socks. For extra protection, tape the area where your pants and socks meet.
  • Apply insect repellent to your clothes containing 10 percent to 30 percent DEET. Use repellents containing permethrin to treat any exposed skin. Be sure to wash treated skin after coming indoors. Always follow label directions; do not misuse or overuse repellents. Always supervise children when using repellents.
  • Try to walk in the center of trails so weeds do not brush against you. If your camping area is full of leaf litter, a favorite place for ticks to hide, be sure to sit on chairs, not on the ground.
  • Check yourself every two to three hours for ticks. Most ticks don’t attach right away and rarely transmit disease until they have been attached four or more hours. Don’t forget about your fur friend! Check them for ticks, also.
  • Remove any tick you find promptly and properly! A tick’s mouth parts are barbed and can remain embedded which could lead to infection at the bite site. Do not try to burn the tick with a match, cover it with petroleum jelly or nail polish. Do not use bare hands to remove theΒ tick because tick secretions may carry disease. The best way to remove a tick is to grasp it firmly with tweezers as close to the skin as possible and gently, but firmly, pull it straight out. Do not twist or jerk the tick. If tweezers are not available, grasp the tick with a piece of tissue or cloth or whatever can be used as a barrier between your fingers and the tick. If you want to have the tick identified, put it in a small vial of alcohol.
  • Wash the bite area thoroughly with soap and water, then apply an antiseptic to the bite site.
  • If you have an unexplained illness with fever, contact your doctor. Be sure to tell the doctor you’ve been bitten by a tick recently.

Β© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

35 thoughts on “Dog Tick ~ Dermacentor variabilis

  1. I hate this evil vampires… we don’t have them here… yay!!! it#s awful that they can cause such danger now… I remember that we just removed the with oil as we were kids and no one had to bear horrivble aftereffects… seems our wold is so out of balance that even this pesky little devils mutated to monsters…

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  2. Mosquitoes don’t bite me but I’ve had ticks but none in quite a few years, None in my yard either. I think they must go around in cycles.. I am very afraid of any tick disease. I’m glad you don’t have deer ticks but the other tick diseases are bad too.

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    • Skeeters didn’t like me while I was very anemic… good for bad, I’m healthy again AND back on the menu for these little incarnates of the devil.
      Yes, parasites freak me out. I used to get leeches a lot as a kid. Thank goodness I’ve avoided them in my adult life.

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  3. I’ve heard this is supposed to be a bad year for ticks. I’d believe it. I’ve probably killed five or six in the house in the past month and a few more outside. We keep the yard trimmed, but we’ve got lots of pastures nearby and some canes, and the vile parasitic devils love fields and canes.

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