Healthy Living

Tick Removal

A nurse has discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks so they automatically withdraw themselves when you follow her simple instructions. Give it a try.

“Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a 15-20 seconds. The tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

If you just pull a tick off, their heads sometimes break off and are left under the skin, therefore this method is much safer. Be aware also that a tick with a white speck on its back is a Deer Tick, and these can cause Tick Fever. Be sure to check yourself and your family thoroughly if you see any of these!

Homemade Insecticide

insect preventionYou can use liquid dish detergent to make your own insecticide.  It can be used on all kinds of insects, including ants, termites, wasps, yellow jackets, and bald faced hornets.  It has even worked well on Elm Bugs and Box Elder Bugs infestations. All you need is a quart spray bottle and any liquid soap detergent.  Mix one tablespoon of detergent to a quart of water.  You can use more detergent if you do not think that the concentration is enough.  The solution, when shaken, should get very foamy.  It works because the soap detergent dissolves a protective layer around the insect and it dies.  Be careful on any wasp or bee-like insects, because they fall down quickly, but do not die instantly, like they do with a chemical foam spray.  Using the dish soap insecticide can be much safer than store-bought chemical sprays.  Those can be very dangerous around food, or if any of the spray gets on your skin.  The chemical attacks the nervous system of the insects, but it can also have negative effects on our nervous systems.