4 Tick Removal Myths We've Busted!

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Ticks Overview and Removal


How to Properly & Safely Remove Ticks

How to Prevent Ticks on Your Pet

Greetings, pet enthusiasts! We're on a mission to demystify the world of tick removal. Ticks, those tiny but troublesome arachnids, can be a real concern for our furry friends. This article bust some common tick removal myths and equips you with the knowledge you need to properly and safely handle these persistent pests. Let's dive in!

Ticks Overview and Removal

Before we unravel the myths, let's have a quick overview of ticks and the importance of proper removal. Ticks are not your everyday insects; they belong to the arachnid family, making them close relatives of spiders. These blood-sucking creatures can latch onto pets and humans, potentially transmitting diseases. Prompt and correct tick removal is crucial to prevent complications. Click here for our in depth guide on how to safely remove a tick from your pet.


  • Myth 1 "Applying Heat to a Tick Makes it Back Out”

    One persistent myth suggests that applying heat, like a match or a hot needle, will cause a tick to back out on its own. The idea is that the tick will react to the heat by releasing its grip. However, this myth is more likely to cause harm than good. Applying heat can stress the tick, leading it to regurgitate into the wound, increasing the risk of disease transmission. It also means you put your pet at risk of getting burnt too, which is the last thing we want!

  • Myth 2 "Covering the Tick with Nail Polish or Petroleum Jelly"

    Another common myth involves suffocating the tick by covering it with substances like nail polish or petroleum jelly. The belief is that the tick will detach itself once deprived of air. Unfortunately, this method is unreliable and may take too long, allowing more time for potential disease transmission. It's best to opt for more effective and proven removal techniques.

  • Myth 3 "Twisting the Tick With Tweezers is the Best Method"

    The idea that twisting a tick out with tweezers is the most effective method has been around for a while. However, this approach can lead to the tick's mouthparts breaking off and remaining embedded in the skin, increasing the risk of infection. A direct, steady, twisting pull using a tick hook is a safer method.

  • Myth 4 "Ticks Only Live in Rural Areas"

    A common misconception is that ticks are exclusive to rural areas and woodlands. While these areas may have a higher prevalence of ticks, urban and suburban environments can also be home to these arachnids. Ticks can thrive in gardens, parks, and even in your own backyard, so vigilance is key regardless of your location.

How to Properly & Safely Remove Ticks

Now that we've debunked some common myths, let's explore the proper and safe methods for tick removal:

  • Use a tick hook - Grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible with your tick hook. This ensures that you get a firm grip on the tick without squeezing its body.

  • Pull Upward & Twist with Steady Pressure - With a gentle, steady motion, pull upwards and twist to remove the tick.

  • Clean the Bite Area - After removing the tick, clean the bite area and your hands with an antiseptic wipe, or soap and water.

  • Dispose of the Tick Properly - Dispose of the tick by placing it in alcohol, sealing it in a bag, or wrapping it tightly in tape. Avoid crushing the tick with your fingers. To find the best tick disposal method, click here!

  • Monitor for Signs of Infection - Keep an eye on the bite area for any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or persistent discomfort.

  • For a more detailed guide on how to remove a tick safely from your pet, click here!

How to Prevent Ticks on Your Pet

Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to ticks. Here are some effective ways to keep these little critters at bay:

  • Use Tick Preventatives - Spot on preventative treatments like Itch Flea Treatment for dogs and Itch Flea Treatment for cats (which also kills ticks a lice - triple whammy!) are the best way to protect your pet against these pesky parasites.

  • Regular Tick Checks - Conduct thorough tick checks on your pet after outdoor activities. Pay close attention to areas where ticks commonly hide, such as ears, neck, and between toes. Here’s an article showing the top places ticks hide on your pets.

  • Groom Your Pet Regularly - Regular grooming helps keep your pet's coat in good condition and allows you to spot and remove ticks promptly.

  • Maintain a Tidy Garden - Keep your garden well-maintained by mowing the lawn, clearing tall vegetation, and creating a tick-unfriendly environment.

  • Avoid Tick Hotspots - Be mindful of areas with a high tick population, such as wooded areas, tall grasses, and dense vegetation. Limit your pet's exposure to these areas, especially during peak tick season.

When it comes to ticks, knowledge is your best defence. By busting common tick removal myths and adopting proper removal techniques, you can ensure the safety and well-being of your furry friends. Combine this with effective prevention strategies, and you'll be well-equipped to tackle the tick challenge head-on. Here's to a tick-free and happy pet-owning experience!



Ticks Treatment

How to Remove Ticks from Pets and Stop Them Coming Back

Knowing how to safely and effectively remove ticks from pets is key for their well-being. These parasites can cause a huge host of bother for us humans and our furry companions so it’s super important to have the right knowledge to sort those buggers out! Here, our in-house vet Zoe will guide you through the best treatment for ticks; the process of removing ticks from your pets, including embedded ticks and tick heads stuck in the skin. We’ll also explore ongoing tick treatment and prevention strategies to ensure these troublesome critters don't come back. Let's dive into the wonderful world of tick removal and protection for your beloved pets.

Ticks Identification

What Are the Symptoms of Ticks on Pets?

Ticks are those tiny arachnids that sink their strong jaws into our beloved pets’ skin, and whilst they may be small, their impact can be huge and lead to a range of health issues. Recognising the symptoms of ticks on your pets is crucial for their well-being. This post explores the symptoms of ticks on both dogs and cats, discusses how to spot these symptoms, delves into potential tick-borne diseases, and provides guidance on what to do if you spot ticks on your furry companions. Let's uncover the secrets of identifying tick-related symptoms and keeping your pets fighting fit!

Ticks General

How Long Do Ticks Stay on Pets For?

Understanding how long ticks stay on pets is so crucial for effective tick control and the overall well-being of our furry companions. Here, we delve into the world of tick lifecycles, explore the lifespan of ticks, discuss how long ticks can stay on pets, debunk common misconceptions about tick survival, and provide some insights into preventing tick infestations altogether. Let's uncover the secrets of tick duration on pets and equip ourselves with the knowledge to protect our beloved animals.