For many in Wyoming, spending their summer months camping, fishing that back country lake, or just a nice hike in the mountains can be a very fun and relaxing time.
However there is one tiny creature that has made it it’s life mission to make others miserable. Ticks.
Tick are often mistaken as insects, however, they are classified as an obligatory parasite that requires blood in order to stay alive. It is very important to remove them as soon as possible after detecting them.
It is very important that once you return home from recreating outdoors that you check yourself, children and even your pets. Ticks are very small and are often not felt crawling on you and love to hide so check thoroughly. Also be sure to wash clothing immediately.
These nasty little creatures make their home on low vegetation, mostly sagebrush but are also known to be in forests, and wait for humans and animals to walk by.
Ticks are known to carry diseases such as:
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Colorado Tick Fever
- Tularemia(Also known as Rabbit Fever)
- Lyme Disease
When it comes to removing ticks the best way is to use a pair of fine pointed tweezers, grab as closely to the skin as possible and pull straight back with a steady but gentle force.
Some of the biggest folklore remedies to removing ticks that people often try are the use of petroleum jelly or hot matches. Well these do very little to encourage ticks to detach from your skin. In some cases they can actually make the situation worse by causing the tick to dig further into the skin.
When it comes to avoiding tick bites, there are a few steps that can be taken to help prevent tick bites.
- Wear light clothing
- Tuck pant legs into your socks
- Use bug spray containing DEET. However use caution on children as it can have an adverse reaction
- Putting tick collars on pets
- Check yourself after recreating outdoors
- Wash clothes immediately
- Parents check you children. Especially in hair
- Check your pets as well
If ticks are found, be sure to properly remove them and smash them with your foot and deposit into the trash. DO NOT FLUSH a live tick. they can survive in water.
Remember to always stay safe.
“I’m Tyler Mann, and I’ll see you on the trail.”