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Cicadas: What You Need To Know

Have you ever been awakened in the early morning or kept awake at night with a super loud and annoying “BUZZZZZ” sound happening right outside your window?

Cicadas: What You Need To Know

These pests noisy pests keeping you up are cicadas or Cicadoidea. They are known for their buzzing and clicking noises, which can be amplified by a mass of insects into an overpowering, “HUMMM.” This noise from a locust cloud can be heard up to a mile away!

Unusual among insects, some varieties of cicadas disappear almost entirely for many years, only to appear again in force at a regular interval. In fact, there are 3,000 cicada species, but only some of these share the so-called 17-year cicada cycle.

Other types of cicada are called annuals because they have multi-year life cycles, with some adults appearing every year!

An example of this would be the Dog Day Cicada, which emerges each year during mid-summer as seen below:

Cicadas: What You Need To Know


Male cicadas produce the species-specific noise that can be a bit obnoxious, with vibrating membranes on their abdomens. In addition, the sound the cicada produces varies widely; some are more musical compared to others.

FUN FACT: When young cicadas hatch their eggs, they dig themselves into the ground to suck the liquids of plant roots.

Some cicadas do not create destructive plagues, unlike what locusts do, though a number of cicadas – tens or hundreds of thousands of insects may crowd into a single acre.

When an overwhelming number of insects pack into a small area, it can substantially damage shrubs, young trees, and its branches by feeding and laying their eggs on it.

Cicadas: What You Need To Know

As for humans, cicadas don’t bite or sting, however, they pierce and suck (Eeew). Cicadas have pointy-feet and other sharp parts that can mistakenly be considered as a stinger when it lands on you. But the fact is, they do this because they aren’t the most intelligent insect and think you’re are a tree. When that happens, just remove it and continue doing your thing!

Another cause of harm for humans are cicada’s call or noisy sounds. Since they need to find a mate before they die, cicadas tend to make their “BUZZZZ” as loud as they can to attract the female cicadas. As a result, this can literally affect our hearing capability!

Check out this “little” guy hanging out in a plant from a couple weeks ago in Dayton:


Do not let these cicadas destroy your shrubs, trees, affect your hearing ability and disturb the peace! To have a free quote on the best solution to your insect problem, call a trusted pest professional as soon as possible.


Top Five Pests in Ohio this Summer

Summer is finally here and so are the pests!

While you are out and about, enjoying the sun, you’re going to encounter many pests that will most certainly sneak into your house. Pests who go into hiding in winter months to stay warm will definitely emerge, reproduce and expand their habitats this season! What are those pests? Why do you see most of them at this time of the year? How can you prevent them from finding their way into your home? How can you get rid of them? Read on to discover more.

  • Mosquitoes

Top Five Pests in Ohio this Summer

Mosquitoes love the hot summer weather – the season for barbeque and pool parties! Stagnant water is their breeding ground!! So, make sure that you don’t have standing water around your home. Their population may dip during the summer but they are surely going to come for you in the dry heat! It is best to use mosquito repellents for protection whenever you are outdoors.

  • Flies

Top Five Pests in Ohio this Summer

All it takes is one meal in the open air and you will definitely be reminded about their presence. Bear in mind that these pests won’t just bug you outdoors! They are there to invade your home to escape the heat! These house flies collect microorganisms on their legs and mouths when feeding on feces, trash and decaying matter. When the flies land, these pathogens are then transferred to the food on your tables or counters!! *gross!* In order to repel flies during the warmer months, you have to limit their access to your home as much as you can. Keep your doors and windows closed at all times, and keep the surfaces clean to make it less appealing to house flies.

  • Cockroaches

Top Five Pests in Ohio this Summer

Summer is the perfect opportunity for these pests to be out and about. They can be found both indoors and outdoors and they thrive in moisture and exposed old, rotten food. We’re also pretty sure you know that they fly! Yikes! They also carry pathogens and allergens in their skins and in their droppings, so we highly suggest that you take immediate action when you see one! Having these pests lying around is a sign that your house has not been cleaned thoroughly.

  • Ants

Top Five Pests in Ohio this Summer

Did you know that ants are the number one nuisance pest in the United States? And did you know their favorite season? Yup, you know it! It’s Summer! You will be seeing them sneaking into your house looking for water and food sources. We advise you to clean after yourself and dispose your trash daily.

  • Rodents

Top Five Pests in Ohio this Summer

These pests had a good rest during the winter months; now they are going to emerge in full force this summer! Rat and mice population will also increase due to the warm weather so you better look for early signs of infestation before they multiply even more! Rodent droppings can be found around food packages, drawers, cupboards, and under the sink. You may also see signs of chewed up food packaging or holes in the walls and floors. We suggest removing potential rodent nesting sites and cleaning the house thoroughly.

Some of these pests we’ve mentioned here are considered nothing more than a nuisance while some of them pose a more significant risk to your health and family. Here are a few more tips to keep pests out this season:

  • Seal holes and gaps in screens, doors, and windows to keep these pests from entering.
  • Crawlspaces and basements must be checked frequently for possible infestation.
  • Dark, damp areas (like under the sinks and near the faucets) must be monitored for cockroaches.
  • Keep your countertops clean.
  • Seal exposed food and water

These pests are a nag when they find their way into your home. If you ever need any help, it is best to contact a trusted pest professional to discuss your extermination options.

A Mosquito Bite or A Bed Bug Bite

Waking up with strange red marks on your body makes you wonder… is this a bite from a mosquito or is this one from – hopefully not – a bed bug? It’s always important to figure out what kind of bug bite you have so we can take the best course of action to help you. We have listed some points on how you can tell between the two. Before we get to that, let’s discuss the difference between bed bugs and mosquitoes.

A Mosquito Bite or A Bed Bug Bite

It’s likely that if you live on Earth, you’ve been bitten by a mosquito! They are literally sucking your blood to feed their eggs, just so they can make more mosquitoes… YUCK! These mosquitoes do not always get all the blood they need in just one piercing, so they might bite you multiple times in order to fill up.

A Mosquito Bite or A Bed Bug Bite

Bed bugs, on the other hand, are insects about the size of an apple seed. Like mosquitos, they pierce your skin and feed on your blood. They spread rapidly and are really difficult to get rid of. A homeowner’s worst nightmare!!

Now, here’s how to tell the difference between a bed bug bite and a mosquito bite:

A Mosquito Bite or A Bed Bug BiteMosquito bites are visible instantly and will begin to itch immediately. It is best to look for a raised white welt with red boundaries that is oddly shaped (not a perfect circle). After a day or so, the bite will reduce to a red bump.

These bites self-resolve quickly most of the time. In addition, you may get several bites on the same night, but they will appear in isolation and not in clusters. Check out these examples:

A Mosquito Bite or A Bed Bug Bite

However, bed bug bites do not have immediate reactions like a mosquito bite. It can take minutes, hours, or even days to show up! There will be flat red welts, but these will not itch at first. Also, bed bug bites appear in clusters, along a line. Usually, you can find them along the edge of a sheet or a comforter.

While bed bugs have not been shown to carry diseases, they are notoriously itchy and sometimes ugly and painful.

Here’s what they look like:

flea bites over caucasian man hairy skin

A bed bug bite, a mosquito bite or any other type of insect bite can be harmful to you, so it is necessary that you eliminate anything that is biting you and your family.

Do not let these insects live off of your blood!

Call a trusted pest professional as soon as possible.

How to Get Water Bugs Out of Your Pool This Summer

There are two common types of water bugs that are a nuisance to pool owners and managers:

Water Boatmen

Water Bugs and How to Eliminate Them

Looking forward to summer travel and water fun this summer? There are few summertime pleasures that beat time spent in the water. If the sight of bugs sharing your pool isn’t bad enough, some of the culprits actually bite. Water bugs are one of these pests! You will find a lot of them in pools, ponds, lakes and freshwater streams. Water bugs can grow up to more than 12 centimeters long, although the average length is just two centimeters. These are oval-shaped bugs that eat algae, mosquito larvae, and other water microorganisms. Fortunately, they do not bite. They need to breath air so they can be drowned, but they can also fly and lay eggs in pool algae.


Water Bugs and How to Eliminate Them

They also breath air and are thinner than boatmen, so they surface a lot and skim across the water. They eat other bugs like the boatmen and beetles. Unfortunately, they bite and can also fly. They lay eggs in pool algae similar to the water boatmen.

How to Get Rid of Them

Taking away their food supply is the best way to get rid of these pests, so start with removing your pool of algae. To do that, there’s a simple process called Shock Chlorination. Chlorination kills organic material in the pool, and therefore eliminate the pool algae that grow. Here’s a guide on how to shock chlorinate:
1. Do this on dusk or nighttime to prevent the sun from burning the chlorine too quickly
2. Wear safety goggles and rubber gloves
3. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with water but leave enough room so it doesn’t spill
4. Add 1 pound of chlorine shock (calcium hypochlorite) to the bucket. For every 10,000 gallons of water your pool has, add 1 pound of shock.
5. Stir the mixture gently
6. Make sure your pool is running and leave it overnight / or for 8 hours

After successful shock chlorination, use your pool brush to scrub the walls and floor of your pool. This loosens up any algae that has been growing.

Once the algae are gone, the water bugs won’t have any food and will move out. If some don’t, you can eliminate them for good. How?

1. Get a bucket (with a lid) of pool water
2. Pour oil in it, such as cooking oil
3. Skim out the bugs from your pool using a pool skimmer, and put them in the oil bucket
4. Close it up and wait for a few days
5. Dispose the contents in a sealed container with the trash
5. Do not drain your oil as your sewer pipes may become clogged.
That’s it for eliminating water bugs in your pools. Tune it next time for more pest control tips! If you have any more pest problems you’re not sure you can handle, don’t hesitate to contact professionals.

Telltale Signs of a Carpenter Ant Infestation

Most species of ants are a nuisance at worst, but carpenter ants are capable of dealing real damage to your home if left unchecked. How?

In order for Carpenter ants to make their nests, they excavate through wood. These create tunnels for them to use, and over time can compromise the structural integrity of your home. How can you tell if you have carpenter ants eating at your home? Here are the telltale signs:

#1 Large Black Ants (with and without wings)

Telltale Signs of a Carpenter Ant Infestation

Carpenter ants don’t actually eat wood; they just destroy it to make a tunnel. What they feed on are the usual – something sweet, parts of dead animals & insects, and fruits & vegetables. Some of them are winged and some of them are not. If seeing winged ants are becoming more frequent, it’s a sign that they’re looking to spread their colony; as they have probably already used too much space in their nest.

#2 Wood Damage

As we’ve mentioned, carpenter ants can be really destructive if left alone. Once you start seeing these critters, check all your walls, nooks, and crannies for any change. If you’re structures have a smooth hole in it, then it’s most probably due to the carpenter ants excavating them.

#3 Sawdust Trail

With wood damage comes the trail. Piles of sawdust can be seen near walls and floors of the carpenter ants’ nest. Some piles of sawdust may even stick on your carpet, if ants normally go through them.

#4 Rustling Sound

In very heavy infestations (and if you put your ear against the wall), you may hear faint rustling sounds coming from the walls. The sounds actually come from the carpenter ants moving and chewing through the wood. It is where most likely they are building their nest.

The first step in dealing with an infestation is to know where they are. Due to their number and behavior, carpenter ants can be quite the challenge to evict from your home. Once you’ve found you have an infestation, call a trusted pest professional as soon as possible.

The Deadliest Insect on Earth

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 725,000 human deaths are caused by mosquitoes each year.

The Deadliest Insect on Earth

What are the different kinds of mosquitoes that could affect you, and their estimated distribution across the United States? Are normally what everyone wants to know in order to protect their family. Let us give you some information that will guide you through these questions.

The first step to a solution is to understand the problem, so let’s first discuss the life cycle of this insect. 

The average mosquito’s life span range from 10-14 days, from egg to adult. Depending on environmental conditions, the life span can be shorter or longer. Disease transmission occurs when a mosquito bites on an infected bird or mammal, then bites a human. There are different kinds of mosquitoes that carry diseases, and these are the ones that you should be aware of:

The West Nile Viruscarrying Culex tarsalis

The Deadliest Insect on Earth

Commonly known as the Encephalitis mosquito, the tarsalis bites at dawn and dusk but can also feed in the night. There is also a similar one called Culex pipiens, known as the northern house mosquito, that carries the St. Louis Encephalitis disease. Their choices of breeding spots are limited. They only breed in water entrapped areas, such as tree holes, cans, gutters, barrels, and catch basins.


Note that only female mosquitoes are capable of biting, and they must have a blood meal in order to develop eggs. Male mosquitoes are nectar feeders and do not have mouth parts for puncturing.

The Malaria-carrying Anopheles quadrimaculatus

The Deadleist Insect on EarthCommonly known as the Malaria mosquito, it is active only at night. It rests in damp places during the day. This species can breed in almost any shallow water site, be it in tree holes, swamps, tires, or bogs. It strives in warm weather and lays eggs singly on the water surface. However, their migration range is typically short, as they only travel up to 1 mile from their hatching site.

Lastly, the Zika Virus-carrying Aedes aegypti

The Deadliest Insect on Earth










This species is recently becoming popular due to their ability to carry Yellow Fever and the Zika Virus. Also one of the more long-lived mosquitoes, living up to 50 days. A similar type, the Aedes albopictus (also known as the Asian Tiger Mosquito), are more aggressive and are also capable of transmitting Encephalitis, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, Dog Heartworm, and the Zika Virus.

Estimated range of Aedes sp. in the United States, 2016

The maps show the Center for Disease Control and Preventions’ (CDC) best estimate of the potential range of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the United States. They show the areas where mosquitoes are found, or have been previously found. What they DO NOT show are the exact locations and numbers of mosquitoes currently living in an area, nor does it show the risk these mosquitoes will spread viruses.

The Deadliest Insect on Earth

Quick Facts You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

  1. There is evidence that suggests the Zika Virus can be sexually transmitted.
  2. Malaria-fighting bed nets are ineffective in stopping Aedes sp. because they are active during the day. Reducing breeding sites and using insecticides are currently the most effective ways to prevent the disease
  3. Symptoms of Zika Virus are mild and begin a few days after being bitten. Around 80% of infected people never experience symptoms. Those who do experience fever, rash, and conjunctivitis.
  4. Currently, there is no vaccine for the Zika Virus but researchers are working on one. Once a person becomes infected, they usually develop immunity to future infections.
  5. There is a possible link between the Zika Virus in pregnant women and microcephaly in their babies. It is thus crucial for pregnant women to strictly follow steps that prevent mosquito bites.
  6. The CDC recommends that pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to areas where the Zika virus is prevalent. Travel advisories are available in the CDC’s website

As a recommendation, we have a Mosquito Management Program that is intended to help reduce the breeding and resting sites of mosquitoes around your property. This reduces the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes in the future. To further reduce the risk of mosquito bites, our program has the following obligations for the customer:

  • Dispose of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles, plastic sheeting, and any water holding container
  • Clean debris from rain gutters to allow proper drainage
  • Fill in order in low places (puddles rut) in the yard
  • Keep drains, ditches, and culverts clean of weeds and trash so water can flow properly
  • Cover trash containers and keep out rainwater
  • Check around outdoor faucets and air conditioner units and repair leaks or puddles

While there are several other responsibilities to keep in check, it’s extremely difficult to completely eliminate the chance that mosquitoes can bite you. For the full details in managing your property, contact the Pest Doctors.

What You Should Know About Carpenter Bees

There are two types of carpenter bees that can be found within the United States. The large carpenter bees (Xylocopa) and small carpenter bees (Ceratina). The common name “carpenter bee” derives from their nesting behavior; nearly all species burrow into hard plant material such as dead wood or bamboo. The large carpenter bees are the ones mostly responsible for damages known to property owners.

What do they look like?

What You Should Know About Carpenter Bees

The main difference between the two are their sizes. Large carpenter bees range from being 12-25 mm long while small ones are less than 8 mm long. Xylocopa don’t have hair so they look somewhat glossy, while Ceratina are darker in color and look metallic.

Both of them can have some yellow markings on their body and face that make them look like bumblebees.

Also, they leave yellowish combinations of pollen and excrement near their shelters. These species are among the most complex in shape of any group of bees; whereas most bees fill their brood cells with a soupy mass and others form simple pollen masses, Xylocopa species form elongated and carefully sculpted masses that have several projections which keep the bulk of the mass from coming into contact with the cell walls.

The eggs are very large relative to the size of the female, and are some of the largest eggs among all insects.

Two very different mating systems that appear to be common in carpenter bees, and often this can be determined by examining specimens of the males.

In the other mating system, the males often have very small heads, but a large, hypertrophied glandular reservoir is in the mesosoma, which releases pheromones into the airstream behind the male while it flies or hovers.

How do they affect us?

What You Should Know About Carpenter Bees

Aside from stinging you, carpenter bees are also capable of damaging your wooden structures. These bees don’t actually eat wood, but they do excavate them if they need shelter or chambers to rear their young.

They particularly prefer wood that is dry, unpainted, or weathered down. Examples of structures that can interest carpenter bees are doors, window sills, railings, decks, and lawn furniture.

If you see nearly perfectly round holes (approximately ½ inch in diameter) on your wooden structures, then carpenter bees can be one of the culprits. These drillings can leave piles of sawdust around the structure, which can be a nuisance to clean up after.

How do I manage them?

What You Should Know About Carpenter Bees

Check the infested wood and apply insecticide into the holes. To avoid possible stings, apply the insecticides at night as bees are still asleep.

Also, it’s advisable to wear protective clothing that fully covers your skin. Do not plug the holes immediately! The bees should be able to pass freely through the nest entrance where they will contact the dust and distribute it inside the tunnels.

Also any new matured bees will emerge through the openings and contact the dust placed there. It is a good idea to treat in the spring, again in mid-summer to kill any bees which may not have acquired a sufficient treatment when they emerged, and a third time in early fall to contact any over-wintering bees occupying the tunnels. In the fall, the holes should be filled with wood putty or wooden dowels and the entire wood surface painted or varnished. Stained wood is not usually protected from attack.

Handling bees can be dangerous because they are highly aggressive once provoked. There are also risks in handling pesticides, so leave it to a pest professional for a more efficient and safe treatment.

How to Identify and Control Aphids

Aphids are tiny, light bugs; but when put together in large numbers, they can become a huge destructive force against your crop or garden.

How to Identify and Control Aphids


Aphids feed usually on the soft parts of the plant, such as the tips, flowers, and leaves. They are typically green, but they can also be black or grey.

What to Look For

  • Aphids live together in large numbers, so look for masses of them
  • They leave a sticky and sweet honeydew (which can attract other garden insects like ants too)
  • Their husks, sometimes white or grey, litter the soil

How to Control Them

Treatment is simple. If you don’t wish to use chemicals, here’s another way to control them:

  1. Fill a spray bottle with warm water mixed with small amounts of liquid soap – just enough that foams up the bottle.
  2. Spray in large amounts. Make sure you target the Aphids specifically.

If you’re looking for something stronger, look for chemical products that contain permethrin or malathion. Make sure you check if the chemical is compatible with your plant, because some react more sensitively than others.

Aphids are also similar to termites in the sense that they are both tiny, yet when there are a ton of them, they can really cause some HUGE damage to your home.


Because of the mild winter we’ve seen in Ohio this year, unfortunately, termite & aphid counts will be high. It’s important to make sure you always have your eye out for potential termite damage & to give us a call immediately if you fear you may have an infestation.

What to Look For

Here are different ways to detect signs of termites in your home→ Inspecting Homes for Termites

How to Control Them

So, how can you protect your home from the threat of termites?

First… Call for your FREE INSPECTION and estimate in writing by a licensed professional at A1 Able Pest Doctors.

Make sure you ask about our various treatment plans especially our exclusive TERMIPEST total protection programs!

Termites cause over 2 billion dollars of damage each year to homes in the USA. More than fires and hurricanes combined!

So protect your home today by calling 1-800-737-8189 or CONTACT US NOW!


Watch Out for These Common Spring Pests!

Spring brings nature back to life after months of the cold and snow. Those that come back aren’t limited to bright flowers and green grass! It’s also the best time for critters to flourish and follow their instincts.

For us humans, it’s always a little annoying because these spring-time pests are going to wreak havoc this season since our winter was fairly mild.

Here’s a list of common spring pests, and how to deal with them:


Watch Out for These Common Spring Pests!

Here’s a disease carrier that’s always getting the spotlight. Mosquitoes are present everywhere, except for Antarctica and a few places that have very long and cold winters. This insect can host a variety of diseases, like dengue, West Nile and Zika. Good news, the instances of these diseases compared to the number of bites per year is incredibly small, so if you do get bit by one, it’s likely not serious.

How to deal with them

Time and time again, prevention is the best medicine. Avoid having stagnant water in your house, because this is where mosquitoes can breed and grow.

If you’re outdoors, this tip still holds true. Rivers and lakes also have still water that mosquitoes can use.

If you’re camping near these spots, be sure to wear clothing that covers most of your skin – such as long sleeves and pants. Another option is to use repellents, like DEET (diethyltoluamide), citronella candles, or an outdoor repeller lantern.

If you get bit, apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion on the spot to relieve itchiness. If you start experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever within 2 days of the bite, visit your doctor.


Watch Out for These Common Spring Pests!

Ticks are found almost everywhere in the U.S., especially in wooded areas. These creatures can be a serious concern for outdoor enthusiasts because they can carry Lyme disease – symptoms of which includes chronic rash, joint pain, and lethargy.

Ticks are small bloodsuckers that prey on exposed skin (or fur, if you have a pet companion) without you even noticing. The longer it stays attached, the higher the risk of infection, so immediate removal is crucial.

If you live in the woods or plan on going on a hike at one of Dayton/Springfield’s nature parks, make sure you’re taking the proper precautions –>

How to deal with them

For preventing the bites in the first place, the best way is to wear long-sleeves and pants whenever you’re going for a hike in the woods. Another thing you can do is use a repellent, like BiteBlocker.

You can refer to our previous article on what to do if you get bit here.

Horse Flies

Watch Out for These Common Spring Pests!


Once Spring kicks in, flies of all kinds swarm for places to lay their eggs. Most kinds are a simple nuisance, but there are also some that can leave painful bites, such as horse flies. Horse flies in particular are significantly larger than the common housefly. Also, the females are aggressive when it comes to blood feeding.

How to deal with them

Flies, in general, sleep from night until sunrise. So if you’re an early morning outdoorsman, then you have nothing to worry about.

For prevention tips, wearing clothing that covers most of your skin is still the best way to avoid getting bit.

A blend of citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint can also act as a repellant for a wide range of flying insects that include horse flies.

If you get bit, don’t panic. It may be painful, but rarely can it be serious! Cool the area with a cold & wet washcloth, then disinfect it with soap and water. If it remains swollen after a few days, use an over-the-counter insect bite treatment.

Bees and Wasps

Watch Out for These Common Spring Pests!

Spring is the best time for bees and wasps to build their hives to last for Summer. They sting differently, and it’s important to know the difference:

Bees use all their venom at once before they lose their stinger and die.

On the other hand, wasps retain their stinger, so they can sting you with smaller amounts of venom several times.

Bee venom and wasp venom are also different, so a person can be allergic to one and not the other. The effects are similar though – pain, itching, and swelling at the sting area.

How to deal with them

Some bees are less hostile than wasps, but it’s safer to avoid all of them. If you’re going outdoors, avoid wearing cologne, perfume, bright colors, and floral patterns on your clothes. These, and sweet food & drinks, can attract those nasty stinging insects.

If a bee or wasp lands on you, stay very still. It will most likely fly away. Swatting aggravates them, which is something you don’t want. If you do get stung and begin experiencing side effects, such as dizziness and trouble in swallowing, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

Mild stings can be treated by just washing with soap and water, and using a cold pack. If you still have swelling after several days, you need to see a doctor so he or she can recommend the best treatment. Usually, it would be a steroid cream.

We discussed the simple things you can do to avoid these spring pests, but what happens when it’s an infestation? There are too many to handle on your own, so it’s best to contact a pest professional.

Watch Out for These Common Spring Pests!

Don’t hesitate to contact us when faced with an infestation problem. We have the knowledge and expertise necessary to handle your pest problems in a safe and efficient manner!

How to Safely Remove a Tick

Ticks are pesky critters that live by feeding on the blood of other animals, notably a nuisance for us humans. Tick season begins in early spring and continues through fall.


Black-legged deer ticks that carry Lyme disease, can remain active throughout the year, so it’s important to treat a bite as soon as possible!

How to Safely Remove a Tick

If there’s a tick burying itself on your skin, there’s no need to panic!

All you need is a set of fine-tipped tweezers and you’re set to remove the tick effectively. Before we get to the step-by-step guide, here’s some rules to follow:

DON’T crush a tick with your fingers

DON’T twist or jerk the tick – this may make some parts to break off and remain in your skin

DON’T use nail polish or petroleum jelly on the tick

DON’T heat the tick

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here’s a helpful step-by-step guide to removing a tick:

How to Safely Remove a Tick

  1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to clasp the tick as close to the skin as possible, then…
  2. Pull upward with steady pressure.
  3. After removal, thoroughly clean the bite area with rubbing alcohol, iodine scrub, or soap and water.
  4. Submerse the live tick in alcohol and place it in a sealed bag, or flush it down the toilet.
  5. Lastly, do visit your doctor if you experience rashes or fever within several days of the bite. It’s important to know if the tick that bit you carried an infection.


Short and simple, once you get past the point of fear and disgust (if you’re not a fan of bugs!).

If you have a tick infestation in your household or in your business, then that’s a different problem altogether.

If this is the case, we strongly advise that you seek a pest control expert for infestation problems. We have the professional knowledge and expertise to efficiently solve your problem!