You may be surprised to learn you’ve probably been removing ticks the wrong way — I certainly was. I thought you just got a hold of their little bodies and gave them a yank. But that’s not the case.
Turns out applying force to the tick or putting rubbing alcohol on it first will only stress it out. Ticks carry a variety of pathogens, such as viruses, parasites, and bacteria. When they get stressed, they vomit these pathogens directly into your bloodstream. That’s exactly what you don’t want.
The best tool to remove a tick
The tool we use to remove ticks on our family and pets is the TickCheck Tick Remover. Dr. Jay Davidson suggests tools such as the TickCheck Remover because it keeps the tick intact, which decreases the risk of more infection. Instructions for how to properly remove a tick are in the above video and are included with the TickCheck Remover Tool itself.
It comes in a pack of three tools in various lengths (they are no longer than my finger). It includes a tick identification card and information on where to send your tick if you’d like to have it checked.
How to prevent ticks
Obviously, in an ideal world, we wouldn’t have to deal with ticks — but their numbers are growing. There are a few things you can do. Made with Young Living essential oils, our DIY bug spray is an all-natural recipe you can feel good about putting on your family. And for the fur babies in your life, grab our easy-to-make insect repellent for pets. Also made with essential oils and Thieves Cleaner, this recipe is sure to keep your pets bug-free and healthy all summer long.
Other things you can do: wear light colored clothing (makes it easier to see ticks), tuck pants into socks, avoid tall grasses/thick vegetation in shady/moist areas (as much as you can), and get used to doing a family tick check when you come inside.
Ticks aren’t the only insect that can transmit Lyme Disease
I grew up learning that ticks were the only thing that caused Lyme disease. I wasn’t completely surprised to learn that Lyme can also be transmitted by the following: mosquitoes, black flies, deer flies, rodents, cats, dogs, horses, and wild mammals.
Support for those experiencing Lyme symptoms
At My Healthy Beginning, we help people with Lyme disease and potential exposure support their immune system. Some of the tools we use include Cellcore Biosciences supplements IS-BORR and Biotoxin Binder (contact My Healthy Beginning to purchase).
If you are living with symptoms of Lyme disease, we can help. Book your free discovery call today.
Disclaimer: This post is not to be taken as medical advice and is not meant to treat, diagnose, or prescribe. Please reach out to your physician or mental health provider for support.