While we’re on the subject of insects…
If you’re from Western Colorado like we are, hiking is like the meat and potatoes of your spring/summer/fall outdoor activities. Seth and I have romped all our our mesa, hills, and mountains for nearly our entire lives, and never have we ever been bit by anything worse than a mosquito (well, maybe the occasional deer fly).
So you can imagine our surprise when we stepped foot on to the Tennesseean hills and discovered the ground under our feet was crawling with ticks. Having grown up at the base of the Grand Mesa (where it’s a little more “mountainy” and less desert), Seth’s tick bites were limited to a couple throughout his entire childhood. I have never so much as seen a tick except in gory internet pics.
We quickly got our little persons in our Subi, and got to glorious concrete where the ticks aren’t as adventures and prolific. A week passed; no tick bites from our limited exposure.
And then, he found it.
By the look on his face, I could tell something was wrong.
“I have a tick,” Seth managed to squeak out.
“Lemme see it!” Immediately, I was filled with equal parts horror and fascination.
After doing a bunch of research on how exactly to pull out a tick (and about Lyme’s Disease), we discovered the best way to pull out a tick was to grab it as close to the head as possible and gently pull on it side to side. There is a chance that in the pulling process, the tick’s head could pop off. Reportedly, the thing would get very uncomfortable and backs out on its own, ensuring that the head remains intact so you don’t have to go digging around inside your skin for it.
I guess Seth got impatient or something because *POP*! He yanked that tick out of his side and, in the process, popped the head off. I then did my wifely duties and performed surgery with a knife and a needle to get the head out. Then, I saved the tick in a plastic baggie.
I have several reasons for doing this.
If it turns out Seth contracts Lyme’s Disease (which is unlikely), we can have the tick tested.
Also, if I ever pick up scrapbooking, guess who’s going to have his own page…