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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 Louping-ill virus, there are no vaccines to defend against tick-morne infections in the UK. The only defence is through bite prevention and correct tick-removal techniques.
There are 4 types of pack available:
The O'Tom Hook:
Why is it important to remove ticks correctly?
Infective organisms can reside in the saliva glands and intestines of ticks. Compressing a ticks body can cause it saliva and gut contents to be squeezed back into the blood stream of the host. Causing injury or burning, or by smothering it in substances such as spirits or petroleum jelly, can cause it to regurgitate fluids which may contain infective organisms.
Using fiddly or poorly-designed devices can prolong removal, allowing regurgitation to occur, or it can cause compression to the tick, resulting in back flow of fluids. Some implements can break off the tick's mouth parts, which can result in localised infection, abscesses and scarring.
In a comparison study, published in the veterinary record, the O'Tom Hook (also known as the Tick Twister) was compared with a number of tick-removal devices. The study concluded that the O'Tom Hook was significantly superior for the speed and ease in which the tick was removed, and for the mouth parts of the tick remaining intact.
Why is it safe to twist with this tool?
Twisting a tick with tweezers, forceps or other types of tool can exert pressure to the ticks mouth parts, breaking them off. The O'Tom cradles the body of the tick without exerting pressure to either its mouth parts or abdomen. It can therefore be safely twisted, which allows the ticks barbed proboscis to be freed from the surrounding tissue. The O'Tom can be used on people and pets. It can be disinfected or sterilised. It is made from recyclable plastic, which can be incinerated without producing pollutant chlorine fumes.
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