Step 1: Freeze the Tick
- Step 1: Safely freeze the tick
- Step 2: Safely remove the tick
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?