No, I’m not talking about in-laws. I’m talking about ticks (Ixodida). It’s almost summer here in the northern hemisphere and these nasty little buggers are already out in force on our lawns, in our bushes, fields and woodlands. Despite everything you do, you will probably have at least one tick encounter this season and a good number of these meet-ups will result in them getting under your skin and sucking – or at least trying to – the life out of you. (Hmmmm, maybe they are more like in-laws than I thought.)

So what do you do to get rid of them when they become attached to you? (No, drinking copious quantities of beer in the hope that they’ll succumb to alcohol poisoning wont work!!) Well, my cousin, Linda Seamster, passed along this bit of advice that seems to be making the rounds. While I cannot vouch for this method of removal – and hope that I won’t have to test it in the future – it is worthwhile to keep in mind should the situation arise.

A nurse discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where they
automatically withdraw themselves when you follow her simple
instructions. Read this one as it could save you from some major problems.

Tick Removal:

Spring is here and the ticks will soon be showing their heads. Here is
a good way to get them off you, your children or your pets. Give it a
try. Please forward to anyone with children, hunters or dogs; or anyone
who even steps outside in summer! A School Nurse has written the info
below–good enough to share–and it really works! I had a pediatrician
tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is
great because it works in those places where it’s sometimes difficult to
get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark
hair, etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the
soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20); the tick
will com e out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift
it away. This technique has worked every time I’ve used it (and that
was frequently), and it’s much less traumatic for the patient and easier
for me..Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that this would
be damaging in any way.

I even had my doctor’s wife call me for advice because she had one
stuck to her back and she couldn’t reach it with tweezers. She used this
method and immediately called me back to say, “It worked!”

Remember, Ticks Suck!

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