Ticks are tiny, spider-like creatures that attach themselves to your skin and feed on your blood - discovering one somewhere on your body is not a lot of fun. And if you’ve ever had the misfortune to make such a discovery, you’ll know that you’ll want to remove the tick as quickly as possible.
But there’s a right way and a wrong way to remove ticks. Removing a tick the wrong way - by pulling or squeezing - will cause the creature to inject harmful toxins into your bloodstream. There are several diseases that ticks carry, and some of these - such as Lyme disease - can be very serious.
Removing a tick promptly and properly can prevent infection with tick-borne diseases. The safest way to remove ticks is to use a special tool designed for the purpose - and the Lifesystems Tick Remover Card is ideal. It’s the same size and shape as a credit card, so you can keep it in your wallet and have it with you at all times, for immediate action if needed. One corner of the card is designed for removing large ticks, and another corner deals with small ticks. There’s a built-in magnifying lens, so you can see what you’re doing - and the card removes bee stings, splinters and thorns, too. All in all it’s an extremely useful little gadget to keep close at hand.
Ticks are found across the UK, Europe and north America and are particularly prevalent during late spring and summer. They typically inhabit woodland, moorland and rough pasture and are carried by deer, foxes, mice and grey squirrels.
It’s best to avoid ticks in the first place, so when out and about in the countryside - especially in tick-infested areas - tuck trouser legs into socks and wear a long sleeved shirt. Stick to footpaths, avoid long grass, and use insect repellent on exposed skin. If you are affected by ticks, watch out for symptoms of Lyme disease and if they appear seek immediate medical advice. Symptom patterns vary from person to person, for more information click here.
The Lifesystems Tick Remover Card costs £3.99 and is available from Ellis Brigham.