Ticks are parasites that feed on blood. They can attach themselves to both people and animals and transmit diseases. Ticks cannot jump, run or fly, but rather, they climb up grass, trees and fences in order to fall onto a host. Once engorged with blood, female ticks can lay eggs. Killing ticks and their eggs can be tedious, but it’s certainly doable.
How To Remove a Tick and Kill Its Eggs
While wearing rubber gloves, use tweezers to pull the tick from the skin.
Dip the tick in rubbing alcohol.
Flush the tick down the toilet.
Distribute a thick layer of table salt over your carpet and a moderate amount onto sofa cushions to dry out tick eggs. Let the salt sit on furniture for eight hours. If you live in a climate with high humidity, leave the salt on the carpet for two days. If your climate is dry, leave the salt on the carpet for a week.
Vacuum the salt after the suggested waiting period. Be sure to get into the dark corners and beneath furniture, as these are preferred locations of ticks.
Empty the vacuum outside.
Rub salt onto your pet also, as a natural solution for eliminating ticks.
Treat your pets with shampoos or topical sprays.
To prevent ticks from attaching, mow your grass regularly to discourage ticks from lingering in your yard. Comb your pets when returning from walks to prevent ticks from attaching while outside. Carpets and sofa cushions should be treated with spray to prevent ticks from laying eggs inside the home.