Bob Orsua, of Mo Fisch Charters, forwarded the following information that involves a nurse that discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where they automatically withdraw themselves by following simple instructions. Although we have not tested this method of tick removal, it could be a very easy way to go about it.
Spring is here and the ticks will soon be showing their heads. Here is a good way to get them off you, your children, or your pets. Give it a try.
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 sometimes 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..”
Also, if you just pull a tick off, their heads sometimes break off and are left under the skin so this is much safer. Be aware also that a tick with a white speck on its back is a Deer Tick, these can cause Tick Fever so check yourself and your family good if you see any of these!
“Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that this would be damaging in any way. Please pass on. Everyone needs this helpful hint.