Tick Insect?

by Linda Dionne
(Northbrook, Ontario Canada)

Is it a tick insect?

4 legs, brown, head and tear shaped top brown, body white with grey centre. Was burrowing into my side. Not sure what it is.

Hi Linda,

It's hard to say if the critter you caught biting your side was a tick insect or not from your description.

Part of the description sounds like a tick, and part does not. Do you have a photo by any chance? If so, you can upload it in the form and we can try to identify it that way.

Ticks generally have 8 legs, 4 on each side. You only mentioned 4 legs in total. :)

When removing tick insects from your body, it's really important that you be sure to get the head, too. I assume you did that since
you described the head.

Removal of ticks can be made a bit easier by dabbing them with tea tree oil or methylated spirits to kill them and make them
shrivel up a little. You can then pull them out with a pair of tweezers or even your fingers in some cases.

Human tick bites can result in temporary and minor discomfort to more serious sickness, even Lyme disease. That's why it's so important to get rid of ticks as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

There are a number of different varieties of ticks, so I don't know for sure if what you found is a tick insect or not. Feel free to provide us with more details if you like or ask further questions.

To your good health!

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Jun 29, 2011
Ticks or Pubic Lice?
by: Angie

Are you sure the bugs you saw on your pubic hair are ticks? If they were in your hair and not embedded into your skin, they are more likely to be pubic lice rather than ticks.

Read this article on getting rid of pubic lice and hopefully you will be able to take care of the problem quickly and privately without feeling like you have to be embarrassed about it by others finding out.

Jun 27, 2011
Oh! Damn
by: Anonymous

I found these eight legged ticks on my pubic hair. . .they were irritating nd nw i dnt knw wat to do cz im afraid 2 mention this at home

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