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Old 06-09-2012, 09:41 AM   #1
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Trick for removing ticks

Does this work?

I heard about this trick several months ago but just got a chance to try it out this morning. It seemed to work, but one test does not prove or disprove a theory.

The idea that alcohol burns the tick and causes it to relax itís grip sounds good, but liquid alcohol doesnít stay in place long enough to work. Hand sanitizer is mostly jellied alcohol. Place a glob of hand sanitizer on the tick and after a couple minutes remove the tick.

This morning the little bugger didnít want to let go until after she had soaked in hand sanitizer for a while.

Since all of us venture into areas where ticks live, letís test this theory out and report back.


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Old 06-09-2012, 03:15 PM   #2
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My wife read recently that liquid soap does the trick. Well, I got the first tick ever while at Petit Jean SP a week ago. Tried the soap for a half minute and thought it was doing some good, but in the end it still took 3 tries with the tweezers to get the bugger out. I have a big itchy red welt.

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Old 06-09-2012, 04:09 PM   #3
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Just watch out that the welt isn't a bull's eye. I get two or three a day working outdoors in the Virginia summer.. and have run into nests- that's when you peel back a sock and your ankle looks like it's wearing a dress sock. I have no love for ticks. The seed ticks are a pain but I usually just pull them and the big ones off with fingernails. I keep hearing that open flame, etc. makes them bite before letting go. No idea about the soap- though they've survived my showering with dish detergent (to dry up poison ivy) so not too hopeful about that either.
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:42 PM   #4
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Wood ticks are a major plague in Minnesota, and I've been removing them for years from my hunting springer spaniels. Best thing I've used is a gadget called Pro-Tick Remedy ticklifter - a flat stainless probe with a narrow V-shaped slot in the end. You slide the slot between the tick and the skin, to the bottom of the V, and lift it off. Works extremely well with wood ticks, but unfortunately the lyme disease bearing deer ticks are too small and slip right through the slot. You can check it out here: Protick remedy

Various home remedies have included coating the tick with nail polish, liquid soap, lighter fluid, etc., or burning it with a cigaret. None of these works very well. Using tweezers tends to tear off the tick's body and leave the head/mouth stuck in the skin, leading to infection.

I remove hundreds of ticks from my dog every year, and I still don't find 'em all until they swell up with blood and can be picked off with my fingers. Best solution for ticks is eternal vigilance and persistence. Examine yourself, your kids, your pets thoroughly after any outing in tick country.
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Old 06-09-2012, 06:17 PM   #5
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What about topical flea/tick applications?
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Old 06-09-2012, 06:30 PM   #6
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We use a topical medication on our dogs.

For humans we follow the instructions from reputable medical sources - here is one from the US -

and one from Canada.

They both suggest tweezers and say to NOT use use soap etc.

I don't think I've ever seen any of the special tools designed for removing the little monsters.
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:39 PM   #7
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Can you say google?

I guess I had better do some research. I have never seen or experienced ticks. I'm told that they have been found at Sandbanks Provincial Park in Burgeo, NL and I hope to get there later this summer. D.
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:03 PM   #8
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I just kind of yank 'em out and hope for the best.

BTW, the bullseye welt can be a warning sign for Lyme, but Lyme can happen without it. Yep, found that out myself! Last year the man and I had Lyme (me) and rocky mountain spotted fever (him) at the same time. Very romantic. We spend a lot of time doing wildlife photography and slithering around in the weeds so ticks and chiggers are a constant nuisance.
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Old 06-10-2012, 05:44 AM   #9
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We use hydrogen peroxide. The ticks we've used it on have just backed right out.
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Old 06-10-2012, 05:51 AM   #10
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If you don't want to (Burn the tick)-some "pop" get a small Baby food Jar "Screw lid" add alcohol---pull tick off---drop them in the Jar---they Die---.
"show & tell" friends how many you killed..make it a game.
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:45 PM   #11
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You people are making me itch
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:05 PM   #12
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Calamine lotion works for that Donna, not too sure how it works on ticks though.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:39 PM   #13
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tick removal

Please don't pull the tick out, it leaves a good chance for infection due to the little critter's head still in your flesh. Alcohol seems like it would kill the little beast, but maybe not. Anything that will cut off the oxygen to the tick should do the trick. Some items, soap, oil, hand lotion, etc. will work, some will take a little longer to work. If he doesn't want to back out, then with your twesers twist the little bugger COUNTER CLOCK-WISE. He will come out after a few twists and a gentle pull. Just don't grab the tick and pull. Marg in NW California
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:49 PM   #14
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Calamine lotion works for that Donna, not too sure how it works on ticks though.
How would you know if the tick is still itchy?

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