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Author Topic: Tick Twister - Tick Remover  (Read 3353 times)
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« on: November 14, 2007, 11:33:00 AM »

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http://www.ticktwister.com/index.html

I've used forceps, another product called Ticked Off, and even my fingers as well as the Tick Twister to remove ticks. I would say that the Tick Twister was the most difficult for me to use and the least effective. As noted in other reviews, it does not work very well on dog ticks that have not finished feeding (which is when you want to get them). It is really useless on deer ticks, which are really tiny (I've had to pull those off of humans as well as dogs). It also isn't good for grabbing ticks that are still crawling around looking for a place to attach. Plus, my pets get impatient with having to sit still while I twist the apparatus and the ticks try to attach more firmly.

If you're looking for a better way to remove ticks, I would recommend Ticked Off. Its spoon shape makes it easy to remove unattached ticks as well as already feeding ticks. It really does work better than forceps style tweezers, but I find even those are better than Tick Twister. Fingers will do in a pinch, too. Just be careful not to get bitten yourself.

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If anyone out there has a good, safe product or method for tick prevention and/or removal, I'd love to hear about it.  I'm constantly on tick patrol and wish I didn't have to be.  My last dog had both Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and they went undiagnosed for sometime and really took a toll on her.
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2007, 12:37:39 PM »

I once used a flea comb to pull a tick off a neighbor's cat who was passing by. The tick had been there awhile and was swollen so I was able to slide the comb onto the head parts and pull against the body. I held a paper towel around the body in case the blood-filled tick body burst (ugh). I don't know if I got all the head parts out of the skin but the cat gave me a grateful look. This method would probably not work on small ticks before the tick gets engorged with blood. Vampire vermin!
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2007, 03:06:25 PM »

WELL, if you smoke you can always hold a cigarette next to them, they will let go because of the heat, neatly falling to the floor where you STOMP the living hell out of them

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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2007, 03:29:18 PM »

Catwoods: Vampire vermin indeed!  I hate these little things, especially when they attach to the lips and other really sensitive areas. 

Dingbat:  I don't smoke, but I think if I tried that trick, my pets would be covered in burn marks.  Yikes.  But, stomping the hell out of those ticks sounds like sweet revenge.

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