I mentioned the other day how we gave Rosie and Porter their flea and tick treatment. Their chemical assault was prompted by a short hike earlier that day by Lady Jaye and myself. There we were, the two of us, enjoying a nice trek through a nearby state park. The sun was out, the birds were chirping, and it wasn’t so hot that I was getting cranky. We stopped to check for ticks and found almost a dozen of them between us. They were still crawling on us for the most part, but some of the smaller (younger?) ones had already attached themselves to Lady Jaye.
We went to the pet store to grab the topical pesticide for Porter and Rosie and found the O’tom Tick Twister, a nifty pair of tools for removing ticks. Growing up on a farm in Oklahoma we were used to ticks and all the hoodoo necessary to remove them. We had the “heat up a needle and press the hot needle on the tick” technique, the “pull gently with tweezers” technique, and the “cover them in clear nail polish to suffocate them” technique. I seem to remember one involving rubbing alcohol. If you put a tick on a tick, would the first tick uproot? Hrm.
The O’Tom Tick Twister is a much more effective tick removal tool than sacrificing your pet rabbit to an island god. The kit comes with two green plastic fork-like tools, one for small ticks and one for larger beasties. You insert the fork around the tick and then twist, not pull. The Tick Twister is extremely effective. It removed a large tick from my abdomen in two painless rotations.
The Tick Twister was about $4 at Petco, although their Web site doesn’t seem to offer the product. You can purchase it online from Amazon.com for $3.49 before shipping or other similar e-tailers.
I highly recommend this to anyone who lives in an area where they might encounter a tick. Make sure to mark your calendars after removing a tick in the event you contract a tick-borne illness such as Lyme disease or Rocky mountain spotted tick fever.
Tick Twister, I spin out five blood-sucking STFU mugs!