Just this week, in the middle of Winter, my dog picked up a hitch-hiking deer-tick. My son made this discovery while petting my dog and it apparently had been attached for some time and had become swollen. In a previous article “DIY Tick Remover” I described a tool that I had fashioned from a soda straw. This tool works best with a fresh attachment but an established tick is more tenacious and difficult to remove. I did some research awhile back and discovered an article written by a veterinarian who uses no tool whatsoever when removing a tick and now I had the opportunity to try it out for myself.
I put the tip of my index forefinger on the tick and began a rigorous circular motion for about 15 seconds, then reversed the direction for another 15 seconds. When I stopped to check the results, the tick was gone! It had backed out of it’s attachment area and dropped off. I was delighted to see that this method actually worked. I quickly searched the mat below to find the tick, and there it was! I picked it up to examine it to see if all of it’s parts were intact, and it began to crawl up my finger showing that It’s head had not been detached or left behind. It dawned on me that others would like to learn this method too so I grabbed my camera to capture the moment to illustrate this article.
What could be easier than using no tools or chemicals? If you, your friend or a pet is plagued with a tick, give this method a try. I hope that it will work as well for you as it did for me.