How to make a tick kit

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Learn how to remove a tick properly.

  • Do not burn a tick with a match.
  • Do not use nail polish to remove a tick.
  • Do not twist off a tick and leave its body parts.

Burning a tick, using nail polish or twisting a tick could very well
cause its parts to break off and this agitation could make the
little bugger salivate more. The danger is that the salivation will
release more of the disease-causing bacteria into the wound and
into your blood stream.

Below, the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention show the
proper way to remove a tick quickly and efficiently.
Tick Kit
Setting up a tick kit could help prevent disease.

This season, don't go camping, hunting or hiking without a tick kit.
Be prepared. It's a scout motto and a prepper one too, and yet
being prepared for ticks doesn't often come up in prepper circles.

Some people (and dogs) are just tick magnets! Setting up a tick
kit could help prevent disease and you need just a few
inexpensive items to help prevent ticks from latching onto your
skin. Having a tick kit handy in the glove compartment of your
vehicles could prevent Colorado Tick Fever, Lyme Disease,
Powassan Virus or other tick-borne diseases.

Setting up a tick kit to help prevent disease is something every
prepper should do! So get out your #2 pencils for a quick list of
things to set up your tick kit...

How to Set Up a Tick Kit
Below are seven things you can do to prepare for ticks:

#1: Protect your noggin with a hat and neck covering.
Most people think immediately of protecting their feet when it
comes to repelling ticks, but your tick kit should also include
protection for your head. Whether it's a hat, a
bandanna or a
tactical scarf, protect your neck and noggin from ticks by wearing
a head and neck covering if you head to wooded areas.

It may surprise you to know that ticks will drop from shrubs onto
your head. Wear some sort of head and neck covering to help
prevent a tick from nestling in your scalp.

A neck gaiter is extremely effective since ticks love to snuggle in
at the base of the neck and into the scalp. New mothers are
often extremely alarmed to find ticks on their kids at the base of
the neck. Experienced moms understand the importance of a hat
and neck covering in setting up the proper precautions to repel
ticks. The neck is a great hiding place for a tick who latches on to
a child, so be sure to check necks, especially in young children,
after you wander into tick territory with them.

Right is a neck gaiter, worn as a head wrap. It's essentially a
stretchy tube material that costs under $5. With it you can
protect your head and neck from falling ticks during your outing.
The bonus is that you'll also help block the sun by wearing it. You
can also wear this neck and head gaiter under a hat.

#2: Get gaiters for your feet.
Gaiters are a personal protective equipment that you wear over
your shoe and lower pant leg. Gaiters repel mosquitoes, fleas,
chiggers and other mites as well as ticks. What's more, they
protect your shin from scratchy brush and branches, poison oak,
snow, snake bites and other obstacles on the trail.

Preppers who plan to bug out into wilderness should have gaiters
as part of their bugout plan to protect themselves from deer ticks.
Deer ticks carry, which carry Lyme Disease,
Powassan virus, and
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, don't jump or fly. Instead they
crawl their way to their next blood meal. Having gaiters on your
feet will make it more difficult for ticks to latch onto your skin.

  • IMPORTANT: Wear long pants and closed toe shoes with
    your gaiters. Know also that wearing white socks will make
    ticks easier to see and retrieve.

#3: Take along tick tweezers.
One of the most important things you can do in setting up the
proper precautions regarding ticks is to get a pair of tick tweezers
and know how to use them properly. While you could go to a
doctor or hospital to have the tick removed and analyzed, the
most important thing is to get the tick out without leaving parts
under the skin and without having the tick salivate to spread the
bacteria. There are several brands of tick tweezers on the market.

  • Tick Tweezers are shaped with a fine tip. Unlike ordinary
    wide-tipped tweezers, the extremely fine tip can help you
    grasp the tick with steady pressure. If you do it correctly,
    you won't have to remove parts that break off, but if so the
    tweezers can help again.

  • TickKey, pictured right, is convenient in that it can attach
    easily to a carabiner, key chain, dog collar, necklace or boot.
    It comes in a set of three, right so you can have one in the
    car, on the dog and on your keychain.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says, "
Your
goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible–not waiting for it
to detach." If you don't know how to remove a tick properly, head
to the doctor's office quickly.

  • IMPORTANT: If you remove a tick, be sure to keep the
    specimen for analysis in a plastic zip-lock bag. When you
    see your doctor, be sure to provide information on the tick
    bite, such as when the bite occurred, and where you most
    likely acquired the tick.

#4: Get a cleansing agent.
To clean a tick wound, you can use rubbing alcohol, an iodine
scrub, or wash up with plain old soap and water.

Wash up! Good old soap and water is always best. If you are on
the trail and unable to irrigate the wound with soap and water
first, you could use Povidone Iodine prep pads.

  • Povidone Iodine prep pads.
  • Alcohol prep pads are also effective and found as part of
    most first aid kits.
  • Rubbing alcohol is effective for killing live ticks. You can
    submerge them into alcohol.

#5: Have a zip lock bag or index card and tape.
After removing the tick, you will need a place to preserve the tick
body. You can use an index card and tape for identification
purposes to tape the body to the index card.

A small zip lock bag is another good place to keep the tick
whether it's alive or dead:

  • Use the bag to sack the tick specimen. Necessary for the
    lab, you'll need a place to keep the tick part or parts you
    remove. The laboratory can identify whether the tick has a
    specific disease.

  • Kill a tick in the zip lock bag. A zip lock bag is useful for
    crushing a live tick that hasn't yet latched onto skin. Never
    crush a tick with your bare hands.

#6: Stock up on essential oils to repel ticks.
Essential oils can help you repel ticks naturally, but beware that
if you're headed out to bear country, these scents will also
attract them. Do NOT use essential oils or bring along any
scented products in grizzly bear country. Brown bears will find
essential oils attractive, but you can place your essenstial oils in
a bear canister.

  • Lemon Eucalyptus Oil. Lemon eucalyptus oil is an effective
    insect repellent that's safe for humans and pets to get rid of
    both ticks and mosquitoes. It's a great natural choice and
    you'll find that Lemon Eucalpytus oil is also found in many
    deet-free mosquito repellents, including Repel Lemon
    Eucalyptus Insect Repellent, right. It's Deet-free and repels
    for up to 6 hours.

  • Geranium essential oil. Geranium Bourbon essential oil has
    an uplifting scent for humans, but the strong smell of this oil
    is particularly good to ward off mosquitoes, ticks and even
    head lice.

  • Oregano Oil. Bugs don't like the strong smell of oregano oil,
    especially ticks, so go ahead and wear a little oregano oil
    mixed with a carrier to detract and repel other insects while
    outdoors.


  • Pennyroyal. Pennyroyal essential oil will fend of ticks along
    with chiggers, fleas, files, gnats and mosquitoes, but it's
    powerful stuff. A few drops will go a very long way. Keep
    away from children and pets and don't use while pregnant or
    lactating.

  • Rose geranium oil. Rose Geranium oil has tick repelling
    properties. Ticks will hate it, but you will love it!

#7: Buy insect repelling Permethrin.
Bugs hate permethrin, but it's extremely toxic stuff. Pemethrin is
strong enough in certain concentrates to kill termites. You don't
want to spray permethrin directly on the skin, but instead to
fabric and gear. Permethrin sprays bind to the fabric to kill
insects that come in contact with it. You can also buy specially
treated clothing.

Be sure to spray permethrin on clothing before you wear it. Don't
spray while you are wearing the garment as the spray will
unnecessarily get on your skin. Spray outdoors so you don't
inadvertently breathe the mist.

Spray your hat, shoes, pants, jackets, gaiters, backpack and
hunting gear.

  • Repel Permethrin, right, repels and kills ticks, chiggers,
    mosquitoes and mites. It's odorless and provides up to two-
    weeks of protection. Right, stock up and save with the six-
    pack.

Now you know how to protect yourself from head to toe!

Know how to remove a tick
Learn how to remove a tick, well before you need to do it.
Dermatologist, Dr. Neal Schultz, in the video below, says you
shouldn't suffocate a tick or try to burn it out as the tick then
salivates even more and releases more of its disease. Dr. Schultz
recommends to have your doctor or the emergency room get out a
tick.

If you remove a tick yourself, be sure to preserve the tick in a zip-
lock bag, so that you can have it analyzed.

Know how ticks latch on...
Did you know that ticks don't fly or jump? Ticks latch onto a
victim and the victim usually doesn't notice the tick bite because
ticks have a kind of saliva that works like a local anesthetic.

It's only after a tick has had most of its fill that the victim
notices the burning sensation combined with itching and redness
at the bite site.

The tiny savage laps up a victim's blood for as many as two or
three days, latching its wicked barbed mouth into the skin to
secure the feeding. It's only after the tick's totally engorged and
satisfied with its blood meal that it lays its eggs and then falls
off to die. The cruel cycle then begins anew for the next
generation of vectors!

Ticks can cause a variety of diseases:
  1. Analplasmosis (bacterial)
  2. Babesiosis (protozoan)
  3. Bartonella (bacterial)
  4. Colorado Tick Fever (viral)
  5. Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (viral)
  6. Cytauxzoonosis (protozoan_
  7. Ebola
  8. Lyme Disease (bacterial)
  9. Helvetica spotted fever (bacterial)
  10. Ehrlichiosis (bacterial)
  11. Meningogoccal Disease (including meningitis)
  12. Powassan Virus (viral)
  13. Relapsing fever (bacterial)
  14. Rickettsia
  15. Rocky Mountain spotted fever (bacterial)
  16. Rabies
  17. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (bacterial)
  18. Sever febrile illness (viral)
  19. Tick-borne meningoencephalitis (viral)
  20. Tick Paralysis (toxins)
  21. Tularemia (bacterial)
  22. Typhus (bacterial)

How to remove a tick...
Below, Dr. Neal Schultz shows you the proper way to remove a
tick:
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Don't panic if a tick latches onto your skin. Instead, get out the tweezers
and gently lift up. Above, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
show
how to remove a tick properly. Keep the specimen in a zip locked bag
for identification and mark the day of the bite and removal as well as the
proper location.

Following a tick bite, be on the watch for a ring, rash or fever and
consult your physician. A ring, rash or fever could happen several
weeks after you remove a tick. Be sure to seek medical help, and
when you do, bring in the zip lock specimen.

Happy endings...
Being prepared for ticks is easy, getting a tick-borne disease is
not so easy. It can take years for recovery and can cause
temporary or permanent paralysis or even death.

If you camp, hike, hunt, have a pet, and love the outdoors, you
can (and should) prepare a tick kit to help reduce your risk of a
tick disease.

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