Why should you not flush ticks down the toilet?

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asked Aug 27 in Other-Home/Garden by Sotirios (980 points)
Why should you not flush ticks down the toilet?

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answered Sep 11 by y78se09 (2,700 points)
There's nothing wrong with flushing a tick down the toilet as they cannot climb back up the toilet and will be flushed down the drain and eventually die.

However it's best to kill the tick first and then flush the tick down the toilet.

I've flushed ticks down the toilet a lot and never had any issue doing so.

There's tick prevention for humans which is tick spray that you spray on your clothes and skin to help repel ticks.

Although there's no medicine that prevents ticks from attaching to you.

The reason humans cannot and should not wear tick collars is because the chemicals can be absorbed into the humans skin and cause health issues.

Pesticides released by pet flea and tick collars can also be absorbed into the body through pores in the skin, causing possible internal damage.

Sweat can even draw pesticides from pet flea and tick collars through fabrics, so wearing collars on the outside of pants, socks or boots is not a safe practice.

The reason humans cannot take tick medicine like dogs can is because the tick medicine can cause nervous system damage as well as kidney damage in humans.

Spraying for ticks does really work to kill off ticks in your yard and if you have brush around you should get rid of any brush or weeds as they can harbor ticks.

Use of pesticides can reduce the number of ticks in treated areas of your yard.

However, you should not rely on spraying to reduce your risk of infection.

To make a tick back out of your skin you can touch the tick with a hot match or put some rubbing alcohol, petroleum jelly, gasoline or nail polish on the tick to help it back out.

You can also use a pair of tweezers to help pull the tick out of your skin.

Vicks Vapor Rub does repel ticks.

I find that putting Vicks Vapor Rub on my skin that is exposed helps to keep ticks repelled and away from my skin.

You can use eucalyptus oil to repel ticks.

Ticks hate the smells of eucalyptus and lemon the most.

Other things that ticks hate the most are the smells of garlic, lemon, orange, cinnamon, lavender, peppermint, and rose geranium.

Rubbing alcohol or even amber colored Listerine mouthwash can be used to instantly kill ticks on your skin.

You could also drown a tick or ticks in some rubbing alcohol to kill them or use a lighter to kill the ticks once you have them off your skin.

If you're trying to kill a single tick, drown it in a solution of water and rubbing alcohol.

Not only is it a quick and effective execution style, but it will also preserve the tick's body for testing by a vet or doctor.

Ticks that are not attached to your skin can wash off in the shower but ticks that are attached to your skin won't wash off in the shower.

You have to physically remove those ticks from your skin that are attached to your skin which you can do with some tweezers.

If the ticks are on your back then you can have someone use some tweezers to reach back there to get the ticks off.

Some ticks do wash off in the shower.

If the ticks are not attached to your skin and are just crawling on your skin then taking a shower can wash off those ticks.

However if the ticks have attached themselves to your skin then the shower won't wash them off.

If you have ticks that have attached to your skin you should use some tweezers to remove the ticks.

Also check your private areas as well and have someone look on your back too because sometimes ticks latch onto your skin in hidden places.

You want to check your body all the way through to be sure all the ticks have gotten off of you.

Make sure to squeeze the tick to kill it or use a lighter to burn the tick once it's off of you.

I've always used a lighter or put the tick over my gas stove and burned the tick to be sure it was dead after removing them from my body.

When outside where ticks may be you should use some tick repellent on your skin to help repel them.

Always immediately check your skin for ticks after you come indoors as soon as possible.

Ticks carry Lyme disease which can make you very sick so you need to remove the ticks as soon as possible.

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