Part 1 of Myth-busting: Top Ten Tall Tales (and the Truth!) About Ticks



Ticks, let's face it, bite. Nobody wants to come into contact with a tick, but it is unavoidable. Since encountering a tick is virtually unavoidable, it is critical to be informed. Misinformation about ticks, tick bites, and tick-borne diseases may increase the dangers associated with them. Arm yourself against these arachnids (did you know ticks aren't considered insects?) by understanding what's real about ticks and what's fiction.


Myth #1: A tick can be suffocated.


If you discover that a tick has bitten and attached itself to you, almost anyone you meet will have an idea about how to get rid of the bug. How useful are those recommendations? Many people believe that smothering a tick with Vaseline, dousing it with olive oil, or even painting over it with nail polish will suffocate it. If the tick is unable to breathe, it will open its mouth and detach from the host.


In fact, this is not the most efficient method of tick removal. As a tick senses that its air flow is being obstructed, it secretes more saliva, increasing the host's risk of contracting a tick-borne disease. Instead of these antiquated methods, simply extract the tick with tweezers, attaching the tweezers to the tick as close to the host's skin as possible.


Ticks leap or fall out of trees onto human hosts, according to Myth #2.


Many people stop walking under trees during the summer months in order to avoid being bitten by a tick. Being high in a tree, on the other hand, is unlikely to be a good place for a tick to wait for a host. Ticks usually seek out grass blades or low shrubbery. Questing entails holding on to the plant with their bottom legs and holding their arms outstretched, waiting to bind to a host that comes near enough. Ticks prefer to remain close to the ground since the majority of tick hosts are rodents and small animals. They try to get to the point where they can most likely bind to a host. As a result, there is no need to look up to the sky for dropping ticks. Instead, focus on where you're walking!


Myth #3: Ticks are dormant throughout the winter.


During the warmer months, people are more conscious of the existence of ticks. Ticks are more aggressive in the warmer months, but they are alive and able to cling to a host all year. Ticks can survive in temperatures as low as ten degrees Fahrenheit. Ticks might be more dormant and have a more difficult time attaching in the winter, but the possibility exists - particularly if you're having an unusually warm winter. The continuation of climate change can warm up the winter weather in your region, so keep an eye out for active ticks.


Myth #4: Nymph (baby) ticks cannot bite.


Nymphs are immature ticks in their second stage of development, following larvae. These easily overlooked animals, ranging in size from 1 to 1.5mm, appear...too small to cause any damage. People have asked if they are capable of biting a human host. Yes, it is true! Nymphs can bind to a host in the same way that mature ticks do, and they can spread the same diseases. In contrast to a tick, a nymph may be the more dangerous of the two. Because of their small size, nymphs are more difficult to spot, allowing them to stick to hosts and hold on for longer periods of time before being detected. The longer a nymph or tick remains attached to a host, the more likely disease transmission occurs. It is important that your t