• Easy Tick Removal & Kid Safe Repellent

    Brownie Banana Split Pizza-tick.jpg Tick season has struck and those nasty little buggers are plaguing kids, pets and outdoor enthusiasts alike! Here
    is a simple, painless way to remove a biting tick- as well as prevent future ticks from climbing all over you!
    Ticks can transmit a number of painful, debilitating diseases including:

    1. Lyme Disease
    2. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
    3. (HA) Human Anaplasmosis
    4. Babesiosis
    5. Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness
    6. Ehrlichiosis
    7. Powassan Virus
    8. Tularemia

    That's the bad news, the Good news is- in order to get one of those illnesses, a tick must be feeding on it's host for 24 hours, which means that you have nearly a full 24 hours to find and remove a tick before it can transmit one if it's nasties to you!

    Here is a simple, effective, yet painless way to remove an embedded tick:

    Brownie Banana Split Pizza-tickremover.jpgSquirt a glob of liquid hand soap to a cotton ball, Cover the entire tick with the soaked cotton ball for a full 20 seconds. The tick will cease biting, back out and will remain stuck to the cotton ball when it's pulled away.

    Using this method assures that the ticks head is also removed and is not accidentally left in the skin (which commonly occurs when they are "yanked" out using tweezers.

    If you are unsure of how long a tick has been embedded on your skin, place it in a jar in rubbing alcohol so that it can be tested for Lyme disease.

    If you have a tick on your person and it is not yet biting, you can apply a piece of scotch tape to the tick, it will stick to it, fold the tape closed and throw it away. No need to burn it and have the nasty smell linger in your home, it won't be able to get free.

    To Prevent Ticks:

    • Wear light clothing
    • Fill a small Spritz bottle with water, add 40 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil, shake and spray on liberally.

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    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Ellen B's Avatar
      Ellen B -
      Does the tea tree oil work on pets as well. Is it safe for dogs and cats. Spraying them before outings sounds like a good idea if safe
    1. Dannette's Avatar
      Dannette -
      Tea Tree is toxic to cats and dogs!
    1. medamomma's Avatar
      medamomma -
      A very good to know tip. I will use it the next time I have a tick on me.
    1. Chessie A's Avatar
      Chessie A -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dannette View Post
      Tea Tree is toxic to cats and dogs!
      I did not know Tea Tree is toxic to cats and dogs! Thank you so much for sharing! We have house dogs and I am glad I found this.
    1. Donna-M's Avatar
      Donna-M -
      Thank you for the tip. You are so smart
    1. gll3081's Avatar
      gll3081 -
      Awesome! Good to know.
    1. Blurple's Avatar
      Blurple -
      Can you add other essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus to repel mosquitos too?
    1. bmc7759's Avatar
      bmc7759 -
      what can you use for dogs and cats then???
    1. xavalexa's Avatar
      xavalexa -
      bad idea, regarding using soap or doing anything else - you want the tick out ASAP - follow the CDC's recommendations: Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp tick as close to the skin's surface as possible. Pull upward w/steady even pressure. Don't twist or jerk; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off/remain imbedded. If this happens, remove mouth-parts w/tweezers. After removing tick, clean the bite area & your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap & water.

      CDC - Tick Removal - Ticks
    1. macfamily's Avatar
      macfamily -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmc7759 View Post
      what can you use for dogs and cats then???
      I believe I read an article that says that you can use Essence of Rosemary Oil on animals... and on people!
    1. macfamily's Avatar
      macfamily -
      I think essence of rosemary is what's recommended for dogs and cats to repel ticks.
    1. KBroz's Avatar
      KBroz -
      Please note one should always contact the medical professional first as each person and pet are unique !!!
    1. Hepsiba2229's Avatar
      Hepsiba2229 -
      This soap method works like a charm! Also, the tea tree water works just as fantastic!

      The problem with the CDC's tick removal method is that most people yank the tick off without getting the head or all its parts...then you have a bigger issue because getting the head out easily is not always possible.

      Using the soap method is just as quick as going slow enough with a pair of tweezers and with the soap method, there is zero risk of any tick parts being left under the skin.

      This same method works with vaseline because both the soap and vaseline keep suffocate the tick; that is why it has to pull its head out. However, most people don't have vaseline just laying around, but many households, cabins and trailers have liquid hand soap quickly available.

      Great post!

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