Removing a tick from a person as soon as you can is very important. This will help reduce the chance of catching Lyme disease, a serious illness which left untreated can be difficult to cure. Specialist tools are key to ensure that all parts of the creature are removed. We use an O’Tom Tick Twister (Amazon) which can be used on a person, dog or cat.
The video below shows how to use the O’Tom Tick Twister (Amazon) but read the instructions too just to be on the safe side. You can support the charity, Lyme Disease Action, by buying these and insect repellent through their shop.
Although you can use fine-tipped tweezers, it’s better to use a specialist tick removing tool if you can. Tweezers could squeeze the tick which may make it regurgitate its stomach contents into the bite passing on bacteria if it’s infected.
To remove ticks from dogs and cats, the safest and most efficient way is to use a specially-designed tick tool like the O’Tom Tick Twister (Amazon) which can be used on both people and animals.
If you own a business or let out a holiday property in the Highland and Islands of Scotland, help spread awareness about the dangers of ticks and how to remove them. Display this poster kindly provided free of charge by Lyme Disease Action on your noticeboard or in your property info folder.
We also recommend you take a look at our post about the best midge repellent for Scotland.