I grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains of Botetourt County Va. Every summer tics were a major issue. My great grandmother often found them crawling near my neck or shoulders when she was combing my hair. My siblings, friends and I many times would smack tics off of each other. One of the worst issues with tics, was when they were on our dogs
The tics we pulled off of each other, and sometimes from our pets were small, flat and black. They were about the size of a flea. On many occasions, the tics we found nestled within the fur of our dogs, and cats were really humongous. Because they had been feasting on the blood of our beloved animals, these tics were about the size of a dime, and really fat and puffy. They were also a nasty green color.
Whenever a tic was found, it was removed with tweezers. The adults lit a match and set it on fire.The proper way to dispose of tics is to put them in a container of alcohol. They will not die when flushed down the toilet. It is also a good idea, to rub a little disinfectant on the area where the tic was removed from.
Tics can be found on any area of your pet. Most often they are near the ears, or tail. It is a good idea, to check your pet often for tics. If your dog or cat has thick fur, it will be , beneficial, to use a comb, You should also take your pet to the vet to make sure he or she has not contracted Lyme Disease. You can also save the tics, in a plastic bag, so the vet can check the as well.
We did not know about Lyme disease when pulling ticks off our animals decades ago. Neither did we use any disinfectant. We simply removed the bugs and our dogs and cats went their merry way. And they did not show signs of being ill. Tics were just par for the course, in our neck of the woods.
Now that I am aware of the danger, I shall do better with my pets, and so should you. Even if you do not live in or near tall grass or a wooded area, you may visit one. It takes about an hour for tics to become embedded within the skin. Always shower immediately when you return home, from a hike through the woods, or you have been lying in the grass. This way you can wash away any potential tic issues.