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7 Best Tick Removal Products

When you find a tick on your pet or yourself, these tick removal products come in handy.

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The Urgency of Tick Removal

Ticks are invariably among the most hated summer pests. These arachnids rank at the top of the creepy crawly list, along with spiders. But besides their number of legs, what’s so scary about ticks?

These sneaky bugs feed on pets and people, and they can carry nasty and sometimes life-threatening diseases, such as Lyme disease. That’s why swift tick removal is so important. Tick repellents are the first line of defense against ticks, but these tick removal products are the second step.

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Tick Removal Tweezers

Home remedies like hot matches and nail polish are unnecessary, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instead of trying to coax a tick out, a simple tweezers will do the trick. These dual-tipped tick tweezers are a handy tool. One end features the fine-tipped tweezers the CDC recommends; the other is a slotted scoop for removing ticks from pets.

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LED Tick and Splinter Tweezers

Task lighting helps with tick removal, especially if the mouth part breaks off in the skin, but it can be tough to wield a flashlight and tweezers at the same time. These LED tick removal tweezers eliminate the need for a flashlight. They’re great for splinters, too.

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The Original Tick Key

The best tick removal tool is the one you have on hand, and the Tick Key conveniently connects right to your keychain. This popular product gently extracts ticks of all sizes from humans and dogs. The three-pack means you can keep one on your keys and one in the bathroom, then give one to a friend or family member.

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The Tick Tornado Removal Tool

The Tick Tornado is designed to remove ticks from your pet’s thick fur. Its smooth plastic construction and gentle twisting motion minimize pain and stress during the tick removal process. It comes with two sizes so you can carry one on walks and leave the other at home.

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Flea and Tick Shampoo for Dogs

After you’ve done your best to remove ticks by hand, a bath with flea and tick shampoo will get the rest off your dog. The flea- and tick-killing effects last for seven to 10 days. This pest control product is not safe for cats, so avoid using it if you have a cat that grooms or snuggles with your dog. Get to know the difference between fleas versus ticks.

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Flea and Tick Comb for Pets

The CDC says ticks can take between 10 minutes and two hours to attach. During that time when they’re still crawling around, a flea and tick comb can be all you need. This pet comb’s extra fine teeth capture ticks and smooth fur at the same time. It’s a useful pet grooming tool even when you don’t suspect ticks.

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Tick Removal Card

This multipurpose tool is sized and shaped like a credit card to fit right in your wallet. Its flat side is great for removing bee stings, while the notched corner grips ticks for easy removal. The TickCheck Tick Remover Card even has a magnifying glass to help you spot splinters and broken tick pieces.

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Mikayla Borchert
Mikayla is an assistant editor for Family Handyman, specializing in indoor and outdoor gardening, organization and décor. She has one cat and holds a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. Outside of work, she likes running, skiing, hiking and tending her balcony garden.