How to Check for Ticks in Your Hair – Expert Tips

How To Check for Ticks in Your Hair

The warm weather means a return to those outdoor activities we all love, such as hosting picnics and barbecue cookouts in the local park, hiking through picturesque trails, and more.

However, one tiny pest can make those outings one you might regret weeks later: ticks. They can latch onto your skin and hide in your hair, increasing the risk of diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.

Nada Mosquito, the leading tick control company in New Jersey, discusses how to check for ticks in your hair in this post.

Tips for Identifying Ticks

To properly check for ticks, you need to, first of all, know what you’re looking for. Ticks are a part of the arachnid family. The problematic species here include dog ticks and deer ticks.

Dog ticks are typically larger, growing up to half an inch long. Deer ticks are a lot smaller and tougher to spot unless they’ve already fed on blood.

Why Check for Ticks in Your Hair?

Ticks love hidden parts of the body where they have access to blood and are less likely to be disturbed. Therefore, your hair provides them an ideal spot. Most tick bites are painless, so you’ll probably not know that you face tick-borne diseases until it’s too late.

That explains why you need to see a doctor after a tick bite.

Checking for Ticks in Your Hair

Let’s discuss how to check for ticks in your hair:

Get Your Supplies

You’ll need mirrors that allow you to see the back of your head, a fine-toothed comb, and gloves. You may also need a bright lamp if you can’t wait for daylight to check.

Visually Inspect Your Hair

Part your hair into sections, getting down to the scalp. Use clips or hair ties to hold the sections apart if necessary. Carefully check your scalp for any tiny bumps or dark spots. Those are likely ticks. You should also run your finger gently through your hair to feel for a tick’s exoskeleton.

Don’t forget to inspect behind the ears, around your hairline, and the nape of your neck.

Comb Out the Hair

To complete the process, use the fine-toothed comb to carefully comb through your hair from the root to the tip. Comb while bending down and keep an eye out for ticks falling to the floor. Also, check the comb to ensure you don’t have any ticks clinging to the teeth. If you find a tick, crush it immediately or throw it into rubbing alcohol.

Complete the process by taking a hot shower.

Get Professional Tick Control From Your Local Pros

Now you know how to check for ticks in your hair. However, unless you like to roll around in leaf litter or hang out around known tick-infested areas, you shouldn’t come in contact with ticks frequently. If you do, you probably have an ongoing infestation on your property.

At Nada Mosquito, we offer affordable tick control treatments for homeowners in New Jersey.

Call us today at (732) 743-7129 to schedule an appointment and avoid the risk of contracting diseases from ticks.