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I don't know if I posted this under the correct topic, but I received this email and thought it might be very helpful!! I've copy and pasted:


TICK REMOVAL

Spring is here and the ticks will be showing their heads.

Here is a good way to get them off you, your children, or your pets. Give it a try.

Please forward to anyone with children... Or hunters or dogs, or anyone who even steps outside in summer!!

A School Nurse has written the info below-- good enough to share --And it really works!!

I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great, because it works in those places where it's some times difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the
soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

This technique has worked every time I've used it (and that was frequently), and it's much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me.

Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor's wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn't reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, "It worked!"

Please pass on. Everyone needs this helpful hint.
 

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Any kind of soap?
 

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Hey cool I never heard that one before! Do you mind if I copy your post and pass it to my customers and re print it on another forum?
 

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The problem with this method is that it can induce the tick to regurgitate blood back into the host. That is how tick diseases are passed - not JUST by the bite.
 

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I would think that with any removal method comes the chance of the tick regurgitating blood back into the host. Are you saying that it has to be pulled out quickly like with tweezers? If you try to get the tick out with tweezers and fail the first time, this gives the tick ample time to reguritate the blood back also, wouldn't it? Also, with the tweezers there is a chance of not getting the whole tick out, leaving the head or a piece of it in there to cause infection. I've seen this happen plenty of times. I do a horrible job trying to get those darn things out with tweezers!! Not to mention, I pinch and pull hair along with the tick. Then sometimes it leaves a hard bump for some time.


Feel free to copy and paste this method..........

It says soft soap, so i would imagine any brand or type is okay, as long as it's softsoap...
 

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Forgot to add, without removal lyme's disease is passed when the tick is left to feed off of it's host for a minimum of 24 to 48 hours.........so tick borne diseases can be passed with or without removal.
 

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I guess that would have a similar effect as the soft soap. I did goggle this soft soap method and it is supposedly safe. Seems as though the tick cannot breath and backs out. Also, when using tweezers they say what makes the tick reguritate back into the host is when it is squeezed. They say you should never "squeeze" the tick!! How the heck are you supposed to pull that little sucker out with all the dog's hair and not squeeze it??!!
 

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Originally Posted By: crazyboutgsd'sApply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.
<span style='font-size: 14pt'><span style="color: #6666CC">PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS. PUT NOTHING ON THE TICK. DO NOT SMOTHER THE TICK. DO NOT USE OIL. DO NOT PASS GO. DO NOT COLLECT $200. (oops, I got carried away)</span></span>

When you smother the tick, they regurgitate, and increase the chance of transmitting disease.
 

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thanks Lauri!!! I'm getting a pair for the stables. I pulled several ticks off horses last fall.
 

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Okay guys, majority wins, I'm going for the nifty tweezers. What about those special tick pullers that look like a spoon with a notch cut out? Do you know the ones that I'm talking about? The tick puller or whatever it's called. I'll see if I can find one on the net and post the link.
 

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The problem with this method is that it can induce the tick to regurgitate blood back into the host. That is how tick diseases are passed - not JUST by the bite.

Ditto Laurie & Lisa!


I don't bother with tweezers and only use my fingers so I know the amount of pressure I apply (I don't have long nails) and can do a speedy continuous rotation. The faster the tick is out, the less stress it's under and the less likely of any regurgitation.
 

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I have used the Ticked Off tool as well as the one that goes on your keyring.
The Ticked Off works great. The keyring one is good too, and I always have it with me. It's come in handy several times.
Here is the keyring one, called the Tick Key
http://www.tickkey.com/
 

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Since I've been using Bug Off Garlic with my dogs I haven't had to do tick removal but prior to using it I would sometimes have to pull 10-20 ticks off at a time.
I started out using the tiny tweezers that come with the Swiss Army knife and then just started pulling them out with my fingers.
 

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How's the Bug Off Garlic work on fleas?
 
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