Tick removal is very important. Ticks can be carriers of diseases and infections and if you, your children or your pet has a tick you will need to have it carefully removed as soon as possible. This can be performed using tweezers or a device. There is a technique to extracting ticks and it is important that you do not break, burst or behead the parasite when taking it from the skin. This could lead to further complications such as a back flow of saliva (which could contain infections). If you are a novice at tick removal, you could visit your local vet or doctor, or ask someone who has removed one before to assist you.
Things you want to avoid doing and things you need to remember are listed below (however these are just for informational purposes and should not replace any directions that come with a device).
Try not to compress or squeeze the parasites as they could split.
Burning ticks with a lighter or cigarette is not a good idea. This could harm you or your pet and it won’t make the ticks fall out.
Do not leave any section of the parasite remaining in the skin. They must be removed as a whole, otherwise you risk further infection.
Do not pull the tick out with your fingers if deeply embedded. Use tweezers or a device to twist the them and gently pull out. If it doesn’t come out the first time, then try again with slightly more pressure - do not be heavy handed, but instead build up the pressure.
Covering the parasite with petroleum jelly or Vaseline is not advised, although swabbing a soaked piece of cotton wool which has been covered in mentholated spirits may suffocate and loosen them (wear protective gloves).
Keep a jar or sealed container for the tick to be killed and kept in.
Clean the area with an antiseptic and if the bite becomes swollen, infected or if you develop any flu-like symptoms, see a doctor immediately.
Tick removal devices/kits you can purchase through the internet or from pet shops and vets claim to be able to remove ticks using a method that doesn’t break them. You won’t want to wait for one of these devices to be delivered before attempting removal, so if you live in an area (or regularly visit) where ticks are prevalent then it may be worth purchasing a removal device in preparation for tick season. There lots of different types of devices you can buy, so it is always asking your vet which one is best if you have a pet, or go onto forums and see what the majority of people use, as they will develop as time goes on.
Ticks crawl or fall on to people and pets (hosts), find a warm moist area on the body and embed themselves in the skin to begin feeding (these tiny parasites feed off blood). They have barbs which attach themselves into the skin so they are not easily removed and will not fall off. They embed into the skin in a twisting motion (which most believe is in a clockwise direction) and their barbs secure them.
Regularly check your children and pets for ticks. As some ticks can carry diseases and infections such as Lyme disease, Q fever, Babeosis, Ehrlichiosis, Meningoencephalitis, Anaplasmosis they could cause serious illness so tick removal should be exercised immediately. A lot of ticks will not cause too much pain, nor do they all carry diseases but it is worth being aware of the risks (be safe rather than sorry). To avoid the need for tick removal look for ways of preventing problems occurring. Protective clothing, repellent and avoiding areas where ticks thrive are all simple preventive methods. If you and your pet become ill as a result of bite then you should immediately seek professional advice from a doctor or vet. Try to keep the removed dead tick in a jar or another sealed container in case it is needed for research and analysis.
Easy Tick Removal
The safe removal of ticks should be done with care and control
If you, your children or your house pets have ticks embedded in the skin/fur, ensure you have the correct tools to use for removal
Understanding facts about the tick's season, lifecycle and how they find a host is important in your fight against these parasites. Read through our site or visit our fact pages so you can be prepared before the warm weather arrives and parasites cause you problems
Prevention is always a better alternative to treatments and remedies - try to avoid and prevent pests before they attack