There are many things to look out for as deer hunting season is in full effect in many places all over the country.
As Jennifer Russell wrote on her Facebook page, ticks are one of the main things hunters need to watch out for when cleaning, preparing, and consuming the animal.
Ok people… My brother got a deer..so being obsessed with ticks I ran down there with my Ziploc & gloves. I found one…
Russell said due to Illinois having no surveillance system in place, she is working with the University of Illinois to collect ticks for research:
Once the funds are raised they will begin testing for what pathogens they carry. Also, I know all the effects of tick borne diseases.
In her Facebook post, she gave a little warning about ticks falling off of the animal and possibly getting on a person during the preparation process:
If you get a deer and hang it in your shed or garage…as soon as that deers blood starts cooling…TICKS DROP OFF… ALIVE….and are now crawling around said structure waiting for their next blood meal.
According to the Center for Disease Control, there are steps to removing a tick if it were to become attached to the skin:
Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Never crush a tick with your fingers. Dispose of a live tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet.
The CDC also warned against doing common ways of getting off the skin:
Avoid folklore remedies such as “painting” the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible–not waiting for it to detach.
Russell even gave advice on how to dress when gathering ticks off of the animal:
So wear clothes treated in Permetherin. If you are going to collect ticks WEAR gloves..there is always a risk touching these nasty little creatures.
With over 70,000 shares, the post has garnered a lot of comments from people both well versed on the subject and some not so much. One of the people gave a few tips on how to avoid being affected by any possible ticks on the animal:
This is a known fact for years. You skin it out put hide and head in separate trash bags and keep it outside away from your home and pets. Or put it in the freezer, asap.
As hunting season is underway, these tips and pieces of advice are sure to keep hunters safe from ticks.