But at least dog ticks don't carry diseases like deer ticks (Lyme Disease).
Michael Dryden, DVM, PhD, is a university professor of diagnostic medicine and pathology at Kansas State's School of Veterinary Medicine--and a huge tick expert. According to him--
Apparently Kansas is "tick central."
First, a tick is not a bug--it's an arachnid--related to a spider. Eight legs.
Ticks do not jump out of trees and get on you. They grab on a low branch or bush and wave their legs around until they grab you. They like shaded areas.
No, you do not have to burn or apply heat to a tick to get it out of your skin. Pull--a tweezer helps. Burning makes it inject more saliva and thus perhaps more pathogens.
You do not have to get the "head" out--that is really the mouth parts anyhow.
All animal tick repellents are not the same. Different ones work with different pets--and different ticks. Follow directions--esp on children in the case of say, DEET.
I miss the city. Oh, that's right--roaches.