Please forward to anyone with children... or hunters, people who do yard work, gardeners, etc.
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 come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.
This technique has worked every time and it's much less traumatic for the patient.
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!"
A note in reply from my old friend and fishing partner Tony Eberts:
Even if it doesn't work, you'll have the cleanest ticks in town!
Now see..when I was a smoker..the easiest way was to heat up their ass with a lit cigarette..they would let go right smartly after that! I remember being out on one of the Gulf Islands a few years bcak..Mayne..I think..and they had signs up everywhere to keep out of the tall grass..especially your pets...worried about Lyme disease!
"We should not allow possibilities to become assumptions!": John Green
i've had many, many ticks on me. hiking around kamloops, it wasn't uncommon to find ten to twleve ticks on you over the course of the day. but not once did i ever have one even come close to digging in.
until last year out in saskatchewan. the bugger had already started to burrow into my shoulder. i tried everything. covered it with soap. with vaseline. tried heating it's butt. it wasn't having none of anything. i grabbed it with tweezers and gently tugged. it had a hell of a hold. this can be dangerous, because the last thing you want, is to have the head break off inside. i was lucky and was able to pull it completely out. i swear, if that head hadda broke off, i'd have dug in and cut it out with a knife. in fact my next step would have been to get a razorblade and start at it.
i heard this year them say that our ticks in b.c. aren't a threat for lyme disease.