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    Super Member Ditter43's Avatar
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    Tick removal the easy way! Save the hide and eliminate the rider!
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    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.

    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 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.

    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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    Thanks - sure beats applying a hot match to it.

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    Thank you this is great info...

    I am a nurse and have never heard of this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditter43
    Tick removal the easy way! Save the hide and eliminate the rider!
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    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.

    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 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.

    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.
    same result only I use vaseline to suffocate the little monster :D

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    Thanks I sent this to my friends.

    I use tea tree oil to try to keep them at bay. It keeps my friends at bay too. :o)

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    Good to know!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    Thanks soooo much! I hate those little blooding sucking creatures.

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    I had one crawling on me after a hike the other day, Thank Goodness he hadnt gotten in my skin yet. Yuck! Great tip!

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    We twist them off. You just take a tissue and just give it a little twist they come off every time this method for us.

    I'll try your soap method next time.

    Ticks are AWFUL!

    Vicky

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    Ditter, this is a wonderful tip, thank you so much. We're about to move to a house out in the country and if there's as many ticks as there are biting flying insects then this will come in VERY handy.

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    I detest wood ticks...thank-you for this removal method...will keep it in mind for the next time a tick is found on myself or someone I know.

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    Just saw a PBS program on Lyme disease, very scary what ticks can cause. Thanks for the info.

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    Thanks so much. Will try this with my dogs!

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    Thanks for the info!

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    Thanks for the great info Ditter! When you're not brightening our day with a funny, you're watching out for our health with your great tips! You're a gem! :-D :-D

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    We took Woody to the park last week and he came home with 4 ticks. Luckily they hadn't attached yet, but I saw one in his ear this a.m. Will try your method. Thanks!

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    This seems to be "THE" year of the tick. Have never seen/had so many so early (started in April). What I do is have a can of Off handy and give the attached tick a nice dollop of spray, wait a few minutes, grab with the hemostats and gently pull. It gets the head every time. What the OFF does I have no clue but it sure works in getting them to release their death grip. Will try the dish soap remedy though - less expensive. Thanks, Ditter.

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    Thanks so much Ditter!

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    thanks Ditter, I'll bookmark this. Barb

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    Thank you. :D

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    What a great tip. Thanks Ditter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzi
    This seems to be "THE" year of the tick. Have never seen/had so many so early (started in April). What I do is have a can of Off handy and give the attached tick a nice dollop of spray, wait a few minutes, grab with the hemostats and gently pull. It gets the head every time. What the OFF does I have no clue but it sure works in getting them to release their death grip. Will try the dish soap remedy though - less expensive. Thanks, Ditter.
    It is an insect repellent, and the tick is an insect. So the tick is going crazy trying to get away from itself!!

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    I've long used this trick with the vasoline.... it works well..

    If u simply twist them off u tend to leave the head and it can cause a knot and cont to itch for several weeks.

    They say ticks are goin gto be bad this yr in our area!

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    Good info to know!
    Quote Originally Posted by Ditter43
    Tick removal the easy way! Save the hide and eliminate the rider!
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    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.

    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 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.

    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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    Thanks for the tip. I'm going to pass it on to my daughter who lives in a wooded area, and says the ticks are bad this year.

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