Stainless Steel Tick & Flea Remover 3pc Set Dogs cats pet Human Removal
Ticks are blood-sucking parasites which feed on all manner of wildlife, livestock, domestic pets, and humans. They are responsible for the transmission of more cases of human disease than any other arthropod vectors in North America and Europe. Cases of Borreliosis (Lyme Disease) have more than doubled in England and Wales since 2001, and have trebled in Scotland.
Various factors, such as changes in land management and the climate, have resulted in an increase in the tick population. As more people become involved in outdoor activities, and as urban sprawl brings people into close proximity with rural habitat and urban wildlife, more cases of tick-borne diseases will continue to occur.
With the exception of the Louping-ill virus, there are no vaccines to defend against tick-more infections in the UK. The only defence is through bite prevention and correct tick-removal techniques.
Fleas are a type of wingless parasite found worldwide. They feed off the blood of humans and animals such as dogs and cats. Since fleas use a wide range of hosts, diseases can be transferred from one host to another. Fleas are known to transmit tapeworm larvae and, uncommonly, the disease murine typhus. They are most notorious for transmitting bubonic plague from wild rodents to humans in certain parts of the world (not Australia).
Physical characteristics of the flea
- A Flea is wingless, oval-shaped and around 2 to 8mm long
- light to deep brown in colour
- Disproportionate small head
- Has six legs
- Has large hind legs that enable them to jump long distances
Your main aim is to remove the tick promptly and remove all parts of the tick’s body.
- Start by cleansing the tweezers/tool with antiseptic.
- After tick removal, clean the bite area and the tick removal tool with antiseptic.
- Wash hands thoroughly afterwards.
- Save the tick in a container in case a doctor/VET asks for evidence (label it with date and location).
- DO NOT squeeze the body of the tick, this may cause the head and body to separate, leaving the head embedded in your skin.
- DO NOT use your fingernails to remove a tick. Infection can enter via any breaks in your skin, e.g. close to the fingernail.
- DO NOT crush the tick’s body, this may cause it to regurgitate its infected stomach contents into the bite wound.
- DO NOT try to burn the tick off, apply petroleum jelly, nail polish or any other chemical. Any of these methods can cause discomfort to the tick, resulting in regurgitation, or saliva release.
- 1 x Stainless Steel Tick Removal tool
- 1 x Flea/Lice Removal Comb
- 1 x stainless steel double-ended tweezers