MYTH: Lit matches, petroleum jelly, or finger nail polish are good ways to remove ticks.
FACT: These methods do not cause a tick to release. It may actually cause them to burrow deeper, and run the risk of depositing disease laden saliva into the bloodstream. Using tweezers, get as close to the head of the tick as possible and pull in a steady motion. Flush the tick down a toilet to dispose of it.
MYTH: Lyme disease is the only infection dogs & humans catch from ticks.
FACT: While this is the most common disease, ticks transmit many more. These include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis (referred to as "dog fever"), ehrlichiosis and some emerging diseases with potentially devastating effects.
MYTH: If a tick is found on someone, a blood test can immediately rule out tick transmitted diseases.
FACT: Usually, blood tests will come out negative soon after being bitten. A follow up test 2-3 weeks later will be able to reveal whether or not someone is infected.
4) MYTH: Ticks disappear and are no big deal in the winter.
FACT: Even though ticks are most active from April through November, ticks are still around all year long. Some species will move indoors for the winter, presenting an infestation. Others will produce a form of "antifreeze" to protect themselves during cold months.
5)MYTH: Ticks live in trees- as long as you avoid trees, you won't get ticks.
FACT: Ticks live in the grass, where they climb up the blades to come into contact with a host. Once the tick latches on to a host, it migrates upward to find a good feeding spot.
6) MYTH: Ticks are insects.
FACT: Ticks are actually arachnids!