About Ticks
Tick Release is a product for the safe removal of ticks!


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here are more than 80 different species of ticks that cause great concern because they are blood feeders on man and animals. Some transmit life-threatening diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme Disease. Others can cause a fatal paralysis if not quickly removed.

Ticks can tell when animals are near by the hairs on their bodies that detect carbon dioxide and other chemicals. They sense vibrations and heat and shadows as well. Once on a host, their nature is to crawl up until they contact skin or their movement becomes restricted. When a suitable location is found, the tick uses its mouthparts to slowly dig a small hole in the skin. Little barbs on the outer surfaces of the mouthparts help hold the tick in place for the lengthy feeding interval. In addition, many ticks generate a solution called “cement” to glue themselves to the skin.

If a tick becomes attached to a host, to lessen the chance of transmitted disease organisms, immediate removal is recommended. The most threatening in North America are the Deer and Western Black-Legged ticks (lxodes) that transmit Lyme Disease. The Lone Star (Amblyomma); American Dog (Dermacentor variabilis) and the Rocky Mountain Wood (Dermacentor andersoni) ticks transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever and can cause paralysis.

A key tactic to protecting yourself and your pets from infectious disease from ticks is to abide by recommended early removal. Methods such as application of hot objects, petroleum jelly, rubbing alcohol or fingernail polish are “Old Folk” methods. According to studies and a report published in the scientific journal, Pediatrics, 1985, these methods remain proven and documented as ineffective. If not removed properly, the tick may regurgitate, salivate or burst exposing the host to infectious tick body fluids. Do not touch the tick, use wax paper, a paper towel or tweezers for removal.