Why do I need a tick removal tool?
It is not recommended that you use something which can kill the tick before you remove it unless this is already in flea or worm treatment. Removing it without using topical treatment is more likely to work and completely put a stop to the issue.
Trying to kill the tick with a liquid spray or spot-on can actually encourage the tick to inject the liquid back into the host animal before it dies, increasing the risk of localised infection or systemic disease, especially if it is engorged. The aim is also to remove it ASAP, not to wait for it to unhook.
Diseases spread by ticks can include Lyme disease, so if you see a tick on your pet, you want to stop it coming into human contact too.
Can I not just use tweezers?
People do use human tweezers, but this is risky as you are more likely to pinch and squash the tick. As you will have read above, this can cause the blood from an engorged tick to spray over your pet, further spreading any diseases they were carrying. It can also cause their jaws to still remain clamped into your pet. You need to completely cleanly remove them.
Will tick treatments prevent ticks?
You may be wondering whether you need to buy one of these removal tools if your pet uses flea treatment with added anti-tick capability.
While this should go a little way to stopping ticks hooking onto your pet, it won’t stop them actually getting onto your pet, and some can still cause damage or issues.
Can I use the above on humans?
Most are also fine to use on humans, yes. Obviously you will want to look for something gentle to use on your skin, so soft tweezers or V-shaped tools are likely best if you want to share with your pet.