Spring has made his appearance in our rural NC neck of the woods! As usual, he’s accompanied by chirping birds, warming sun rays, dandelions and green patches of grass. Sounds a little too perfect? Why yes, it is.
Unfortunately, parasites such as ticks will now be increasingly on the hunt for a blood meal such as from dogs, cats, horses, deer, or us humans.
Just the other day I was walking one of my client’s dogs, German Shorthaired Pointer Tab, and noticed a crawling lone star tick on him (for those of you who may not know, I’m a professional dog walker & pet sitter).
Thankfully, I always carry a tick removing tool on me and was able to remove the nasty critter without touching it with my hands. You may wonder how I did that? – I simply scooped it up with my Tick Twister®.
Let me introduce you to this wonderful brand and show you how painless and easy tick removal can be!
Brand Reps Stefan & Marion From O’Tom Tick Twister®
Booth #5552 , the O’Tom Tick Twister® booth, definitely made it on my list of brands to go see at the Global Pet Expo 2016 in Orlando, FL!
Ever since getting my hands on two Tick Twisters® at the Super Pet Expo in Chantilly, VA back in 2012, I’ve been a fan of this very handy product and have used it numerous times while walking my own pups as well as caring for client dogs.
I found brand representatives Stefan & Marion in the International Section – after all, the O’Tom Tick Twister® is made in France where it was developed by veterinarian Dr. Heitz in 1995 (it was introduced on the US market in 2000 and is now being sold in over 30 countries).
How To Remove Ticks Using The Tick Twister®
As mentioned above, you can use the Tick Twister® to simply scoop up a tick you notice crawling on yourself or your pet without having to touch it with your hands.
Once it has attached itself, use the Tick Twister® to remove the tick as follows:
1) Choose the right size Tick Twister® depending on the size of the tick (small or large).
2) Engage the hook of the Tick Twister® by approaching the tick from the side.
3) Move the hook upwards in a turning motion – the tick will detach from the skin after a few turns.
Benefits Of Using The Tick Twister®
It removes the tick in its entirety, to include the head.
It doesn’t compress the tick’s abdomen which would release disease-causing pathogens.
It can be used on a variety of pets AND humans.
It makes for a quick & painless tick removal.
Its small size makes it the perfect tool to carry along on walks, hikes, bike tours, camping trips – you name it.
Where Exactly Are Ticks Found?
Contrary to traditional belief, ticks don’t hang out in trees and let themselves fall onto their prey once it passes by below them.
Ticks are generally found in grass, bushes, and undergrowth of about one foot in height where they wait for their host to brush past and then catch a ride on the unlucky fellow of whichever species.
Are There Any Tick Preventatives?
Not any that work 100%. Knowing that ticks are found in taller grass and bushes, you can keep your lawn trimmed and avoid walking through underbrush in wooded areas.
Chose to wear light colored clothing in order to detect any freeloading ticks quickly and inspect yourself and your pet immediately after coming back inside.
I also apply non-chemical based insect repellents to both pups and myself before going on walks. Most importantly though, I always carry a Tick Twister® on me!
Tick Twister® Giveaway
Stefan & Marion were kind enough to provide me with a few free Tick Twisters® – I’ve given some away to dog walking clients, but would also like to give you, my valued readers, the chance of getting a free tick removing wonder tool!
The first three readers to leave a comment on this post stating they’d like to get a Tick Twister® will receive one pouch containing 2 different size Tick Twisters® (I’ll have to limit this to readers from the continental US, please!).
Just email me your address using the subject line “Tick Twister® Giveaway” at my blog email barbaraATk9sovercoffeeDOTcom (this is not for you, bots!!).
Where To Get Your Hands On The Tick Twister®
Everyone else who’s interested in getting a hold of those handy little tools can do so by heading over to otom.com. One pouch containing two different size Tick Twisters® is only $5.99 and ships for free!
How do you deal with ticks and have you heard of/used the Tick Twister® tool? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!
Congratulations to Crystal, Mark, & Elaine for getting their paws on a Tick Twister! This concludes the giveaway 🙂