Tick Removal

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Stacykins, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Weird thing to ask, I know. What is the best way to go about removing a tick in a difficult spot? I had one in the middle of my back. I can see it in a mirror and it is indeed a tick, but no way I could manipulate tweezers to get it! I know the best method is to get tweezers, grab it as close to the mouthparts as possible without squeezing the body, and gently tug until it is removed with mouthparts intact. BUT, that only helps if you are doing it for someone else, or it isn't in a difficult place. I live alone, and just moved to this area so I don't really know anyone yet. Short of letting my chickens peck it off [​IMG] I am stuck between a rock and a hard place, I think!
     
  2. bluesub

    bluesub Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about trying to scrape it off with a credit card?
     
  3. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you reach it with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol?
     
  4. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, I can reach it, just am not dexterous enough to grasp it. Would I use rubbing alcohol or something like whiskey?
     
  5. PamB

    PamB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Vicks vapor rub or vasoline. If you can get a big glob on there, it will sufficate and come off easily. I've used this method to get them off my daughter...her doctor suggested it.
     
  6. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would use rubbing alcohol and try to leave it covered as long as you can, several minutes if possible. It probably wont fall off immediately but should soon.
     
  7. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011
  8. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I've heard of that method, Steve. Know a couple of oldtimers that
    swear by it.

    Ticks are fairly easy to get drunk...usually a couple of bottles should do it.
    BUT...rememeber, if you have more that one tick, you may need a few more
    bottles.
     
  9. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Certainly gave me a good laugh and a reason to drink a shot, but the rubbing alcohol made it detatch itself! I don't think my liver would like me if I drank an entire bottle of booze [​IMG] It was thankfully just a female wood tick, so no worries about lyme disease with that one.

    Thanks so much, all [​IMG]
     
  10. Hoss1975

    Hoss1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Drink the whiskey and when the tick gets drunk enough it will fall off. May take couple days but it's the weekend after all. [​IMG]

    Steve

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