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Old 06-11-2012, 08:12 AM   #15
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Please don't pull the tick out,
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All of the US and Canadian official health resources that I could find do not agree with your point of view. They all recommend pretty much exactly the same technique which is (quote from one of Ontario's sources):

"Using fine-tipped tweezers, carefully grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible. Pull it straight out, gently but firmly.
Don't squeeze it. Squeezing the tick can cause the Lyme disease agent to be accidentally introduced into your body."
All of them also agree that, to quote US CDC
"Avoid folklore remedies such as "painting" the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin."

I do not remember the source but I do remember reading that the reason for NOT putting anything on the tick is that a tick, in order to release, regurgitates into the victim's body. This is precisely what one wants to avoid because the regurgitation at the end of feeding is how victims get infected.
In essence; you do not want a tick to willingly back out. You want to squeeze it by the head and pull out.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:40 AM   #16
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Ive always heard that coating the back of a tick with anything to cut off its oxygen leaves the chance that it might suffocate and die while the head is still under the skin. I use a lighter and heat the back side of a spoon then lightly tap on the back of the tick. Usually after a few taps it will back out, head intact. Dab a little polysporin on the spot and good to go. Heart of Manitoba tick season, from May to, I believe the beginning of July.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:44 AM   #17
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I'm guessing #15 was written the same time as mine #16. Guess I'll rethink the heated spoon remedy. Good to know, Thanks Andrew.
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:12 PM   #18
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You people are making me itch
The whole topic is getting me ticked off.

Fortunately, I have never had a tick on me, though going through NE/Central Oregon a couple years ago, I did have to pluck a bunch off our dog.
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Old 06-11-2012, 04:25 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Andrew GPSMapNut

All of the US and Canadian official health resources that I could find do not agree with your point of view. They all recommend pretty much exactly the same technique which is (quote from one of Ontario's sources):

"Using fine-tipped tweezers, carefully grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible. Pull it straight out, gently but firmly.
Don't squeeze it. Squeezing the tick can cause the Lyme disease agent to be accidentally introduced into your body."
All of them also agree that, to quote US CDC
"Avoid folklore remedies such as "painting" the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin."

I do not remember the source but I do remember reading that the reason for NOT putting anything on the tick is that a tick, in order to release, regurgitates into the victim's body. This is precisely what one wants to avoid because the regurgitation at the end of feeding is how victims get infected.
In essence; you do not want a tick to willingly back out. You want to squeeze it by the head and pull out.
I was recently reading the exact same info in an article. I believe it was a Canadian Geographic or one similar. The article explained in detail that putting any type of vasoline, nail polish etc. etc. caused a much higher incidence of infection because it caused the tick to regurgitate. In the past we always used a cigarette or hot tweezers...we now use a "Tick Twister" which we bought at the vet. It has worked almost every time to get the tick & it's head out. If the head does come off, just leave it, your body will eventually push it out via the handy inflammatory response process (i.e. it will behave like any foreign body under your skin & eventually be pushed out). Just keep it clean & once the head does come out clean the area really well with soap & water and put an antibiotic ointment on it.

Our dogs get ticks here a lot, one big thing that we do it check them as soon as we get home from a hike. If they have been through long wet grass, we usually find a few not yet attached (huskies luckily have a lot of hair to maneuver through before they can bite). If we find some on them we give ourselves a good check too, so far we haven't been bitten.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:10 PM   #20
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HATE THEM * HATE THEM * HATE THEM. Once picked off over 180 from a dog rescued from a So. Cal.. animal shelter. Lyme and Rocky Mtn are nothing you want to get. We keep topical on our dogs and try not to get them into heavy brush. Avon Skin So Soft as a topical is recommended by many. All the info about the tick remover instrument and good sharp tweezers is best. Never do removal in your home or RV.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:29 PM   #21
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Just pull 'em out, clean up, and be done with it.

I grew up in the tick heaven of northern Wisconsin and the UP. The best defense is to cover up- boots and jeans.

I remember one really bad year where you could see all of the little brown specks on the blades of grass in the ditch.
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Guys and Gals do not coat the tick in any thing to get them to let go!
IMPORTANT: Contrary to popular belief - DO NOT apply substances such as petroleum jelly, finger nail polish, finger nail polish remover, repellents, pesticides, or a lighted match to the tick while it is attached. These materials are either ineffective, or worse, might agitate the tick and cause it to force more infective fluid into the wound site.
Read/watch this first!
Remove Ticks Easily with Tick Twister®
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http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xb4...d-playreloff-1
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I am a entomologist (bug guy) So I know a thing or two.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:11 PM   #23
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Ticks and chiggers are the state bugs of Missouri. For chigger season people that work in the woods or fields wrap duct tape around their pant legs.

After a tick bite i dab a bit of witch hazel on the bite so I don't scratch the site so much. The seed ticks can be bad as you don't often see them until you feel them and by then they have been on you for several hours. Around the ozarks we are not shy about scratching in public cause everyone else is doing so.

The best advice is: stay indoors all the time, don't have dogs or cats that go outside, live inside a plastic bubble.....just kidding.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:34 PM   #24
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kirkman, do you know if the Tick Twister is usually able to keep the head from detaching and staying in the bite? I ask because I've read a couple of medical advice websites, as well as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) site, that say never twist a tick because it will twist the head off. And most of the ticks in the Tick Twister videos are not shown closely enough for the viewer to see if the body was still attached.

Other than that concern, the device does look effective. (And I don't believe everything the government says, either.)
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:43 PM   #25
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We use a Tick Key to get them off the dogs. It works and here is the link:

Tick Key Home - The Easiest To Use Tick Removal Device On Earth

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I don't know, I suspect the tick head thing is more myth than fact. I've pulled lots of ticks off myself, horses, dogs, and can't really remember ever losing their heads. They have such small heads, it doesn't make a lot of sense that they'd be falling off all the time.
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I guess the reason I'm interested in the head issue is, I think the head broke off the tick I removed with tweezers last week. So I definitely want a removal tool now.

I hope it works its way out soon. Yech.
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Yes it keeps the head from coming off. It removes the hole tick.
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