Removing Ticks Safely


Why remove them carefully?

The tick’s rostrum (“the tick’s head”) is covered with backward pointing spikes that allow the tick to “anchor” in the skin. By pulling up on the tick, the spikes will rise and lock the rostrum in the skin. The tick may break leaving body parts resting in the skin and causing a painful inflammation, or an infection.

Tick Removal

But by twisting, the spikes bend into the axis of rotation, and the tick is easily removed, without traction, decreasing the risks of breaking the rostrum. When removing a tick, it is essential not to compress it, reducing the risk of saliva back-flow. A tick’s saliva contains irritating substances and sometimes microorganisms that can lead to infections and/or allergies.

Tweezers and other instruments exert a pressure on the tick so are not a suitable method of removal and should never be recommended. The O’Tom Tick Twister is the safest method to remove ticks and is what we should be recommending to our customers.

Why use a O’Tom Twister?

  • • It doesn’t leave the tick’s rostrum in the skin and doesn’t squeeze the tick’s abdomen
  • • It removes ticks of any size
  • • It doesn’t need any chemical products (alcohol etc.)
  • • It enables a quick and painless tick removal
  • • It is unbreakable, hardwearing and indefinitely reusable.

Tick Removal

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