Remove a tick

Removing ticks safely

In the Netherlands, more than 1,200,000 tick bites are registered each year. Around 22,000 bites cause infection. 1 in 4 ticks is infected with the Borrelia bacteria, the cause of Lyme disease. Without treatment, Lyme disease can lead to severe health problems, such as joint pain, arrhythmias and nervous system disorders.

A tick attaches itself to your body quicker than you think. Thoroughly check yourself and others, for example children, for ticks. Especially in warm and humid places like the backs of the knees, groin, armpits and the hairline. A tick is so small that you can easily overlook it. Make it a habit to check for ticks at regular times during the tick season, from April to October. For example, after brushing your teeth, check for ticks straight away. The best way to remove ticks is with tick pincers.

Because a tick attaches itself to your skin with little hooks, it is difficult to remove. Picking it with your nails or with tweezers is not safe and there is a chance you will only partly remove the tick. With the right tools, it is quite easy to remove the entire tick from your skin.

drill-like hypostome of a tick (middle)

Bitten by a tick

Have you discovered a tick? You can easily remove the entire tick with a tick pen or tick pincers. Make sure you always have tick pincers nearby in order to remove a tick as soon as possible. This will reduce the risk of infection. Never try to remove a tick with your hand, nails, fire or alcohol. You run the risk of only partly removing the tick or causing the tick to leave saliva due to shock, which increases the risk of infection.

It is important to remove the tick as soon as possible, within 8 hours, with tick pincers. Disinfect the tick bite with alcohol. If you remove the tick with tick pincers within 8 hours, the risk of infection with Lyme disease will be minimal.

tick pen and tick pincers

Preventing tick bites

Prevention is better than cure. That’s why, in addition to tick pens and tick pincers, Care Plus® has products that protect against tick and mosquito bites. You can use Anti-Insect with or without DEET on exposed skin. We also have Bugsox that protect your ankles and legs. And we have several tips that will reduce the chances of being bitten.

Anti-Insect DEET

The active ingredient DEET is the most effective protection against (tropical) mosquitos and ticks. The percentage is decisive for the duration of action.

Anti-Insect Natural

Made with natural lemon eucalyptus extracts and does not contain DEET. Natural can be used for children from 3 months.

Bugsox

Optimal protection for your feet, ankles and lower legs? That’s what our impregnated Bugsox provide.