Ticks are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of mammals. There are three different families of ticks in the world, two of which are found commonly in the United States--the hard tick (Ixodidae) and soft tick (Argasidae). According to EntirelyPets.com, there are about 20 known species of soft tick and 60 known species of hard tick in the United States. Ticks can be harmful to both animals and humans, and can cause diseases such as Lyme disease. If embedded in carpeting, they should be removed immediately.
You can easily remove a visible tick embedded in carpet with the help of tweezers. According to EntirelyPets.com, tweezers with fine-pointed tips or specially designed tick removal tweezers are recommended.
It is important to grasp the tick as near to its head as possible, and it is also important not to shake or rotate your hand when pulling the tick out. If the tick is squeezed too much, disease-causing bacteria can be forced out and spread onto carpet. For this reason, it may also be beneficial to wear gloves when removing a tick from carpeting. Once the tick is removed, it should be placed in alcohol to ensure it is killed. According to EntirelyPets.com, crushing the tick or flushing it down the toilet are not recommended disposal methods and will likely not kill the tick.
Carpet Tick Prevention and Control
If ticks are not visible in carpeting, you still may want to clean and treat your carpets to help prevent ticks from spreading bacteria and to control their proliferation. Unseen tick eggs and larvae are often spread onto carpeting by infected pets or people. According to AllAboutHome.com, thoroughly vacuuming carpeting is a good starting point for eliminating carpet ticks, and shampooing carpeting can also be beneficial. However, according to EntirelyPets.com, using a specialized tick spray in combination with proper cleaning will produce the best results. Be sure to choose a tick spray that is designed for indoor use, otherwise it may be harmful to people and pets. Also, after spraying, let the carpet dry before allowing pets or children back on to the surface. In addition to treating the carpet, the suspect tick carrier, which is usually a pet, should also be treated. Using a specialized tick removing shampoo is recommended. The pet's bedding should also be treated with an indoor tick spray. This will further help prevent ticks from spreading onto carpets.
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