Dateline: 25 July 2013
|Blood-swollen tick on a TRIX lasso pen (click to see an enlarged view)|
Deer ticks are something of a scourge around these parts, and of great concern because they are carriers of Lyme disease. I've never had a tick on me but we have a friend who gets ticks practically every time she goes into her garden.
Removing a tick is something of a challenge because the wicked little creature attaches itself by means of a barbed hypostome....
|Tick hypostome (photo link)|
If you try to pull the tick straight out, the barbs dig in. If you pull hard enough the tick will often separate, leaving the hypostome in the skin. That's not a good thing at all.
|Another close-up view of the tick and hypostome (photo link)|
I did some research on tic removal methods and tools and came to the conclusion that the TRIX Lasso Pen is the most intelligent and effective way to remove a tick. I bought two of them last year—one for my family and one for our tick-attracting friend. I bought them from Amazon.com
The lasso goes over the ticks head, then tightens. To remove the tick, you twist the pen and lift away the tick. The barbs in the hypostome can't resist the unscrewing motion, like they do a straight pulling motion. See what I mean by an intelligent tool?
Our friend has removed many ticks (even very tiny ones) with the TRIX lasso pen and she says it works perfectly. The tick in the picture above was in one of our cat's ears. It twisted right out with no problem.
I think every family living in an area where ticks abound should have one of these excellent tools on hand at all times.