Ticks used to start coming out of winter dormancy in October/November at the farm. Now this year, I saw them crawl on us and our furry animals by the end of August!!! It must be warmer, no doubt.
I normally douse my clothes, shoes and hat in heavy duty insect repellent every time I go slay lantana in the bush and around our paddocks. Most of the time, it works, but there’s still been a few occasions where there was one latched on my neck, on my scalp, on my eyebrow, under the armpit, in between the toes, or under my watch! I get a very itchy reaction and I fear that I may get the Australian Lyme disease or worse even, red meat allergy…
I tried every method ever suggested to “safely” remove ticks…
- the tweezers method
- the scrape-with-a-nail method
- the peppermint oil, tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil methods
- the Vaseline blob method
- the tick-removal gadget (only works on large ticks)
- the drown-my-metho method
- the die-by-flame method
- the wart-off method
… all with unconvinced success, never 100% sure the tick is dead or that the head has been pulled off.
I decided to try TickTox, that new spray on the market that freezes ticks on contact. I sprayed with accuracy ticks latched onto the child, the WWOOFer, the house cow, the dog, and of course myself!
Dead. On contact!
It is so easy to operate that I can now trust the child or the husband to spray ticks dead on me now (I used to fear they would mess up with the tick so much it would inject more toxin into me!).
Let me know if you want to purchase a bottle – I’ve become the Central Coast stockist.