- remove a tick
A hiker is enjoying the smells of nature of being outside when suddenly a new "birth mark" appears on the skin.
It's a tick
"Don't panic" one thinks to them-self.
The first instinct is to rip the tick off the skin - while begging the "bug" to magically go away.
While removing the tick as quickly as possible seems like a no-brainier, removing the tick with fingers is not the right method for tick disease prevention. The reason is that part of the tick may break off or stay embedded in the skin. This action may lead to potential tick illnesses including Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and (dare I say it) red meat allergies.
The best thing to do is remain calm and use a tick remover tool to effectively remove a tick in its entirety. Carrying a tick removal tool is the best tick management method for tick disease prevention.
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