Tick Season Is Bad This Year – What’s The Best Way to Remove Them?
From everything I've heard from summer camps and such tics have been bad this summer, so now is as good a time as any to go over again the best methods for removing those nasty little bloodsuckers.
After watching many videos, reading the preferred "Boy Scout" method, and investing way more time than I ever thought might be necessary on this subject, here's what I have concluded; ticks suck.
Seriously, there are a couple of methods that seem to work just about every time they are tried and they don't involve fire or Vaseline.
The first involves very pointy and flat tweezers, the second uses just a wet cotton swab. By the way, I have never tried the cotton swab method, but according to the video, it works great.
I also tossed in a new video that came out last year from O'Tom's Tick Twister, looks like a handy little tool that seems to work well.
I have used the knife or tweezers method before. It's easy to accidentally leave some of the little critter in there though, which means you have to go back and keep at it till you get it all. That can be a little irritating, especially to the person being poked.
I'm not a medical professional so please do not consider this actual medical advice. This is just what I would do and/or have done. Plus, a new method I'm willing to try next time the chance arises.
Have fun in the woods, but be sure you check each other for ticks and get them out.
Do you know of a better way? Be sure you let us know below.