As the summer season draws near, more time will be spent outdoors.
And the more time spent outside, the more time individuals have to become exposed to pests like ticks.
According to Pest World, ticks are most often found in wooded areas with tall grass. Ticks latch onto their victims during a process called “questing.” As the website explains:
Ticks don’t jump or fly. Instead, they crawl up low brush or grass to find a host. Then, they clasp on with their back legs and reach their front legs out to grab onto a passing animal or human. Sometimes, they even drop from their perch and free fall onto a passing host.
After the questing is completed and a tick finds a new home, the pests start to feed on the victim's blood. And as Pest World revealed, ticks are “in for the long haul.”
Even worse, ticks carry with them diseases such as Lyme Disease.
Because it takes anywhere between 24 to 48 hours to transmit Lyme Disease, it's very important to locate and remove the tick before then.
Removing the tick properly is key. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests using tweezers to pull the tick out of the skin, it's possible that some of the bug can break off in the process.
As a result, individuals have begun coming up with other ways to remove the pests. As this Facebook video shows, using a drop of peppermint oil ensures that the tick will come out in one piece and on its own:
Once the woman put a dab of peppermint oil on the tick, it only took a matter of seconds for the tick to extract itself.
Editor's Note: While the CDC acknowledges peppermint oil as a natural repellant of ticks to prevent bites, it has not been tested by the EPA. The CDC recommends avoiding “folk remedies” like “'painting' the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin.” Drowning a tick can can cause them to vomit, which according to a Yale study, can expose the subject to the Lyme disease causing bacteria, spirochete.
UPDATE: Since the publication of this article, IJR has spoken to American Lyme Disease Foundation executive director, Phillip Baker, who does not recommend using peppermint oil and other “folk remedies” for tick removal. Please see our new article for more information on the safety hazards of using peppermint oil after a tick has bitten its prey.