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Quick and Easy Tick Removal

Ticks are everywhere here in Tennessee, so much so that our Chickens can’t seem to keep up with them, though I’m sure they give it their best. So if you live around us or in an area where ticks are living, it pays to know an easy and safe way to remove them.
If you’re not already convinced, we have a friend who recently made a trip to the ER to find out that he is now allergic to the meat of mammals because of a tick bite.
On with the removal procedure.
The main idea with the process is that you want to end up with a living tick that still has its “mouth” in tact. If you rip off its “mouth” or kill the tick it will basically vomit inside you and any parasites or bacteria come with it. With a living tick, your chances of that are much less.
Step 1 – Locate Tick
A simple visual inspection at the end of the day.
Step 2 – Take some dental floss and make a loose knot. Lay the knot around the tick area and gently tighten the knot making sure it tightens right where the tick meets your body. Once it is in the right position, tighten it down.
Step 3 – Gently pull on the floss/knot. Generally the tick will release if you just apply constant pressure for a little while.
Step 4 – Once you have a live tick on a string, it’s best to put it in a plastic bag with the date of removal on it. Put that bag in the freezer to preserve the tick. This is in case your health turns and you need to get the tick tested for the various parasites or bacterias.
The tick in the photo is completely alive. Notice the knot tied around its “mouth” area.

To see more: http://www.simplydixon.com/2013/06/24/quick-easy-tick-removal/

Got a question about this project?

  • Lorraine M
    Lorraine M Shepherdsville, KY

    Get Arctick. It is an aerosol with a refrigerent that you spray on the tick. Nothing easier than plucking off a frozen tick. Not to be gross, but one of my cats had a tick right next to his rectum...2 shots of Arctick plus the tweezers that came

  • Connie White
    Connie White Oxford, NY

    Sherry, you keep the tick to have it sent to a lab and tested to verify if you have to be on a course of antibiotics, otherwise you may be adding to the possibility of creating antibiotic resistant bacteria in your body!

  • Rose Rhyner

    there are a lot of methods of removing a tick - some work, some don't - but the MOST IMPORTANT information people need is to remove the whole tick - ok! Now the thing about the petroleum gel may work but it is not true you are suffocating them. They

  • Amtech Personalized Pest Management

    Interesting article on why ticks are supposed to be especially bad this year.

  • Sukhaira
    Sukhaira Chicago, IL


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