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Discussion: Tick

in: Swampfox; Swampfox > 2017-05-09

May 11, 2017 10:00 PM # 
bbrooke:
What's your technique for removing a tick if it has already latched on? I've heard competing theories -- match, vaseline, tweezers, etc.
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May 12, 2017 12:31 AM # 
Charlie:
I just grab it with my fingers, then entomb it in scotch tape.
May 12, 2017 1:43 AM # 
jjcote:
Ditto. You have a tug of war until it lets go.
May 12, 2017 1:52 AM # 
JimBaker:
One concern is whether a tussle causes it to regurgitate, in which case removing it loses its point.
May 12, 2017 3:33 AM # 
Swampfox:
As a kid growing up in the south with woods literally right out of my backyard, and spending a lot of time playing in those woods, ticks were frequent. And of course in orienteering you're going to come across a certain amount of ticks. But by far and away the most ticks I've had to deal with have come about from mapping. Until you've spent some time moving slowly through a really ticky area--and most people have no idea how bad some places can be--you just wouldn't believe it. There are three different areas I mapped in where, in the right parts, you could move 100-200 meters and literally have dozens of ticks crawling up your legs--ugh!

I have no idea what the best technique is or what is recommended or any such thing. All I can tell you is that I have done exactly the same thing my entire life any time I've found a tick fastened to me: grip it and rip it.

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