LET’S TWIST AGAIN, like we did last summer…twist ticks, that is, right out of and off ourselves, thank you. As the garden awakens, so do the ticks, which makes the Tick Twister, a tiny green plastic crowbar of a thing, as essential as a good pair of Felco’s and a long-handled round-point shovel. Are you ready?
The Tick Twister is just one brand of similar, inexpensive devices available at health-food stores or pet stores, and as the latter bit of information implies, it’s just as good for removing ticks from pets as from people. For about $4, it really beats gouging at yourself with sharp instruments. That’s what I did for years before I was given a twister (or actually a set of two, which is how they came packaged when I got mine) as a gift.
Now I’m prepared for any size tick. The working end slips between your skin and the embedded tick, and the notch in the device allows you to grab the embedded tick securely. The key: don’t pull, but twist. Out comes the invader, embedded mouth parts and all. Voila! One last note: The latest model looks a little different, but works just as well or better…and the price remains the same.