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How to Do a Tick Check on Yourself, Your Kids, and Your Pets

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It’s very important to learn how to check for ticks to keep yourself, your kids, and your pets healthy. Tick checks imperative, especially as the weather warms up and we spend more time outside.

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How to Do a Tick Check on Yourself, Your Kids and Your Pets

The weather is warming up and in some parts of the country, it’s already scorching! This doesn’t stop some of nature’s critters from keeping on with their agenda.

One of these particularly annoying critters is the tick. The tick can be found in every state in the US and this year, reports are saying they are particularly high in population. That make it really important to do diligent tick checks on yourself, your kids, and your pets too.

Assemble a tick kit

Besides being gross and annoying, ticks are carriers of all kinds of diseases that are sometimes deadly or can lead to lifelong complications including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Before you do a tick check, assemble a tick kit. Here’s what you need in it:

  • Tweezers or a Tick Removal Tool called a Tick Key – this handy device will help you get the whole tick out if it has already latched on – head and everything. It’s really important when removing ticks that you don’t leave the head in your skin.
  • Alcohol swabs – to clean the area after removing the tick
  • Tick identification card – so you can see what type of tick
  • sharpie – to mark the spot where the tick was
  • baggies – to put the tick in

How to Check Yourself for Ticks

One of the best ways to avoid this risk is to do tick checks daily if you are outside at all, even your own backyard. Here are some tips on how to do a tick check on yourself, your kids and your pets.

Checking yourself for ticks isn’t that hard – but you might want to ask a spouse or child to help you look through your hair.

It’s easiest to check yourself for ticks right before you take a shower, preferably within an hour or two from coming inside.

First, remove your clothing, and then make sure to check in warm places ticks like to hide:

  • back of your knees
  • in skin folds
  • around your ears and
  • even in your belly button
  • between your toes
  • on your hairline

If you have someone who can, ask them to check in place you cannot see such as the buttocks.

Make sure to check your private areas as well and women, check under your breasts.

Third, check your scalp. Ticks can hide anywhere on the head, but they particularly like behind the ears and the nape of the neck. Make sure to feel around or ask someone to assist.

How to Check for Ticks on Your Kids

In a similar fashion to checking for yourself, as you are getting your kids ready for a bath, check them in all areas ticks would hide. Make sure to check the scalp thoroughly.

Make sure to look for very small nymphs that may be as small as a grain of pepper. Check in between toes as well.

This is a good time to teach your children how to do check on themselves so as they get older, they will know what to look for and where to look.

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How to Check Dogs For Ticks (or Cat and Other Pets too)

Doing a tick check on a dog or cat can be a bit complicated because of all the fur. The fur makes it hard to see, especially if your dog or cat has long hair, but a tick check is important because the same parasites and diseases that can affect us, can effect them as well.

Since dogs and cats can’t tell you they found a tick, they may have one on them for several days feeding until it falls off. To do a tick check on a dog, start by combing through their hair with your fingers and checking for any small bumps.

Where to look for ticks on pets

Not only do ticks cause illness in people, but they are also harmful to your pets. According to the CDC, tick diseases can take 7-21 days to appear in your pets.

Preventing tick disease is important, so when you’re doing tick checks, don’t forget to also check your pets. Try to check for ticks on your dog or cats soon after they come in so they don’t carry ticks inside that can get on the people in your home, too. Make sure you check very carefully in between

  • toes
  • around the groin
  • in between the front legs
  • around the tail
  • in ears and in ear flaps
  • under the collar
  • eyebrow area

You can also use a flea comb or a specially designed tick comb for dogs as well to help you find ticks.

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.

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