How to Use ArcTick

Step 1: Freeze the Tick

If you find a tick attached to your skin, there’s no need to panic.  The goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible while minimizing the risk of the tick passing the pathogen or toxin. 
 
Freezing the tick is thought (read study here) to stop the process that passes the pathogen or toxin into the host (you, your loved one, your friend, your pet).  The ArcTick freeze spray does just that.  You gently depress the canister, an ozone and human and animal-friendly freezing gas is discharged in a measured amount to freeze the tick on the spot. 
 
Even if you freeze the tick, it is important to remove the tick carefully, without twisting or crushing the tick. 
 
Follow the ArcTick instructional video to learn how to:
  • Step 1: Safely freeze the tick
  • Step 2: Safely remove the tick 
 
FAQ about ArcTick and Tick Removal
 
  • What if it looks like the tick isn’t frozen the first time?  If the tick is not frozen with the first blast, you can depress the canister and freeze again.  Use caution to only freeze the tick, not your skin.

  • How long should I wait to remove the tick after it is frozen?  Different studies have tested removing the tick right away or letting it fall off naturally.  We suggest carefully removing the tick using the included forceps (as directed on the packaging) or, using narrow-tipped (not blunt tipped) tweezers.  If you are unsure, you can leave the tick and let it fall off on its own.  Always, CAREFUL NOT TO SQUEEZE THE TICK!

  • What if the mouth parts are stuck in my skin after I remove the tick? Often, the tick’s mouthparts may break off when you remove the tick, with some part of them being left behind in the skin. The saliva glands that hold the tick’s toxin and potential allergens are located in the body of the tick, so the mouthparts on their own are not dangerous. The mouthparts usually come out on their own with natural skin shedding or can be removed with the narrow-tipped tweezers.

  • Does ArcTick prevent me from getting sick?  Does ArcTick prevent Lyme Disease?  There are many factors that affect the transfer of pathogens and allergens from a tick to a host.  Factors include how long the tick is attached to the body, whether or not the tick’s saliva has transferred and many other known and unknown factors.  The best form of prevention is avoiding tick bites entirely.  Another form of protection is to remove the tick in a timely fashion.

  • Where can I get additional information?