Tick Twister® comes to Ireland.
When Chris Liddle, of Kenmare, Co Kerry, began to notice that he was pulling ticks off himself on an increasingly regular basis, after walks in the country or simply walking around his garden, he asked his GP if there was a vaccination available for Lyme disease. There wasn’t, and isn’t, but his Doctor sold him a Tick Twister® which he had bought in Inverness, Scotland while on holiday.
The Tick Twister® made the unpleasant and fiddly job of removing the ticks far simpler and safer. Chris had been following standard advice about smothering the tick with surgical spirit or petroleum jelly before removal; even nail varnish had been suggested. All these methods, as well as others, like burning them off with a match, are a very bad idea as they can put the tick under stress causing it to regurgitate its stomach contents into your blood stream, and that is when infections such as Lyme Disease (Borreliosis) and Tick Borne Encephalitis are transmitted, should the tick be a carrier.
In fact, according to a survey published in the UK Journal, ‘Veterinary Record’, the Tick Twister® was preferred and recommended by both the authors (specialists in parasitology) and the Veterinarians who participated in the study. This was because the Tick Twister® doesn’t compress the abdomen of the ticks and therefore minimizes the risk of transmission of pathogens (Lyme disease, Tick Borne Encephalitis). An added bonus is that if used properly the Tick Twister® also removes the mouthparts of the tick, which if broken off with tweezers or fingers and left in the skin can cause irritation for several days and may also lead to infection.
Unfortunately Chris lost his Tick Twister® and was unable to buy another one in Ireland. As a shopping trip to Inverness was not an option he contacted the manufacturer and is now importing the Tick Twister® to Ireland where it will be available from Pharmacists, Vets, outdoor pursuits shops, pet groomers and agricultural co-operatives.
Tick numbers are on the rise all across Europe and there is a growing pressure to make Lyme Disease a notifiable infectious disease in Ireland from groups such as Tick Talk Ireland. Tick Talk Ireland also aim to increase public awareness of the dangers of ticks and the correct and safest way to deal with them. In addition the HSPC have put together an information leaflet, outlining the dangers of ticks and how to avoid them. The leaflet is to be distributed to Coillte, the National Trails Office, National Park Visitors Centres and local authorities. The leaflet can be found here: –
So if you work in the countryside, enjoy outdoor pursuits or gardening, or own a dog, cat, horse or other livestock, you should see the Tick Twister® in action on people and pets. For a comprehensive demonstration please go to this web address.
If you would like more information on the Tick Twister® or if you would like to find your nearest stockist you can contact Chris at: –
Email ticktwisterireland(at)hotmail.com (replace at with @)
or on mobile: 086 325 3701
Tick Twister Ireland