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Ticks be Gone

A Safe Way to Remove Ticks

May 15, 2017
By Larry Claypool - OVO Editor , Ohio Valley Outdoors

I've heard several reports that say it will be a bad year for ticks in this region. So, we should be prepared. American dog ticks, blacklegged ticks, and lone star ticks can all pose a threat to outdoorsmen and women.

Take the time to learn about Ohio's tick species and how to protect yourself.

There are a few different ways to remove an imbedded tick. First off, do not panic. Many people suggest to use tweezers, carefully pulling the tick by its head, making sure to get all of its parts removed.

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Take the time to learn about Ohio's tick species and how to protect yourself. Shown is a Blacklegged tick (deer tick).

I've found a much easier method to remove ticks, that works every time, and it's safe to use on pets too. I learned this method from one of our outdoor writers who made a visit to a hospital emergency room to have a healthy-sized tick removed.

This method takes a small amount of liquid Dreft laundry detergent (I understand liquid dish soap works too). Pour a healthy amount of soap onto a Q-tip and gently rub in a counter-clockwise circle around the tick, focusing on its head. I do this for 10-20 seconds, stop and wait 20-30 seconds, then apply a little more Dreft to the Q-tip and continue rubbing the tick until it releases its grip. It really works!

If it's a larger tick it may take a little longer to remove. The Dreft soap irritates the tick and it's forced to retreat. I've used this method to remove ticks from myself and both my dogs. I usually pour a small amount of iodine solution around the wound of my dog and gently massage with another Q-tip. Keep checking the affected area for a few days to make sure it doesn't get infected.



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