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Why You Need to Remove Ticks ASAP

In addition to Lyme disease, ticks can transmit many other diseases. The good news is that ticks usually don’t start to feed right away.  It usually takes 12-24 hours for the tick to start feeding on you.  So, if you are able to remove the tick within 24 hours, there is very little chance of contracting Lyme disease or one of the other tick-borne illnesses.

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How NOT to Remove a Tick

Every tick season, we see a lot of videos circulating around which show new “better” ways to remove a tick. Using Peppermint Oil is unsafe and should NEVER be used.

As Dr. Neeta Connally, assistant professor of Biology at Western Connecticut State University and Borreliosis and Associated Disease Awareness UK say, this method can irritate the tick and cause it to salivate.

The saliva means increased risk that disease-causing pathogens will get into your body from the tick.  So, it is better to never irritate the tick.  Instead, you want to get it off your body as quickly as possible, before it has a chance to regurgitate into your skin.

The saliva means increased risk that disease-causing pathogens will get into your body from the tick.  So, it is better to never irritate the tick.  Instead, you want to get it off your body as quickly as possible, before it has a chance to regurgitate into your skin.

Do NOT:

  • Touch the tick with hot match/fire
  • Use peppermint oil or any other essential oils
  • Apply petroleum jelly
  • Submerse the tick in alcohol
  • Try to suffocate the tick
  • Squeeze the tick’s body

Never Twist Ticks

You might have also read that you can grab a tick’s body and “unscrew it.”  The idea is that the twisting motion will cause the tick’s jaws to unlatch.

Well, tick’s mouths are not screw-shaped, so unscrewing them isn’t going to work. Rather, ticks have barbs mouth which allow them to get a good grip on your skin.

Unscrewing a tick just means you’ll pull off its body, leaving the head stuck in your skin. This can result in an infection or inflammation.

How to Remove a Tick

  1. Grab it using fine-tipped tweezers or Tick remover. Flat-tipped tweezers don’t work well for tick removal.
  2. Grasp as close to the head as possible.
  3. Pull straight upwards. Do not twist or jerk the tick.
  4. After removing the tick, clean the bite area and your hands with alcohol, iodine, or soap and water.
  5. Dispose of the live tick by soaking it in alcohol or sealing it in a bag and throwing it away. Never crush a live tick with your fingers. This could release pathogens.

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