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Wood ticks are everywhere!

by Tom Mitchell

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If you've been doing anything outdoors lately, or have a pet that spends time outdoors, you've likely encountered a wood tick or two.  They are everywhere.  With the moisture of springtime, these little buggers are thriving. These little guys live off the blood of other animals, humans too!  So if you find yourself relaxing on the couch after a hike in the woods and something is crawling on your skin or has already embedded itself in your skin - here's what to do:

Take a pair of tweezers and get as close to your skin as possible, grab the tick but don't crush it.  Quickly pull the tick straight out and destroy the tick.  Wash the area with soapy water and clean the tweezers too.  Good luck not feeling like 10 other ticks are crawling all over your body now - it takes a day or two to get rid of that creepy feeling.  

Other advice:  Never cover a tick with substances such as Vaseline or nail polish in an attempt to make it let go. This action can cause the tick to regurgitate its stomach contents into the bite, and it will still have enough oxygen available to continue feeding.

Read more:How to Remove a Wood Tick | eHowhttp://www.ehow.com/how_5078594_remove-wood-tick.html#ixzz2TCnwToO6