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Re: Ticks
« Reply #30 on: May 07, 2014, 11:20:37 PM »
You get two sizes of twisters.  A small one for the small ticks and a larger one for the larger ticks. Quite clever really

Yes. Obviously I had not realised this having only looked at the main page video. Sometimes sarcasm really is the lowest form of (t)wit.

I'd be careful with normal tweezers, there is a tendency to squeeze and nip the body clean off leaving the head still in, the tweezers i posted grip from the side and with round points so you don't cut the rascal when you pull.

I agree Alan. I've had a couple of scares that way as stated although I tended to ensure I dug deep in order to get at them, which often meant drawing blood unfortunately, though not thankfully the blood the tic had sucked. I saw the Lifesystems one somewhere and reviews varied a little but I guess it's like any product. If used correctly it does what it says on the tin. I may well, after some concerns about this the past, go back to the twist method using the appropriate tool(s).
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Re: Ticks
« Reply #31 on: May 07, 2014, 11:53:45 PM »
It's cool Andy :)
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Re: Ticks
« Reply #32 on: May 08, 2014, 12:57:31 PM »
See it hit the BBC  News Scotland........... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-27325018

The link to the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS)  web site has a very good video worth a wee watch

http://www.mcofs.org.uk/hillwalking-essentials-video.asp

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #33 on: May 08, 2014, 01:05:49 PM »
I'd be careful with normal tweezers, there is a tendency to squeeze and nip the body clean off leaving the head still in, the tweezers i posted grip from the side and with round points so you don't cut the rascal when you pull.

Nipping the "head" off with thick tweezers  can also result in  squeezing of the abdomen, forcing the contents right in to you before you leave the mouthparts behind!

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #34 on: May 08, 2014, 08:54:45 PM »
I have only ever had one, my first, that made it to full bloat, it was the biggest bodied tic i have seen to date, every other since has been tiny, and last season most were damn near invisible, but out of maybe 30 or 40 none got blood out of me before i caught the rascals, they scratch off too, thats how i usually find them.

Trouble is the nasties are already in the tick before they get to you. Usually we get bitten by the nymph. The tick will have become infected in the earlier stage of it's life cycle as a larva, when it sucked blood from an infected animal - so you can still transfer the bacteria when the tick is still very small in the nymphal stage

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #35 on: May 08, 2014, 10:15:38 PM »
Enlightening advice here. So far so good for me despite slightly dubious extraction methods up until now but (sorry) "once bitten..." etc.
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