We are an online retailer of TickTwister which is manufactured by H3D, France
How to Use Tick Twister® to Remove a Tick:
Select the correct sized tool according to the size of the tick - the large hook for medium and large ticks or the small hook for small and very small ticks.
Hold the handle between your thumb and index finger and slide the fork end of the tool toward the tick until it is caught between the prongs.
Lift the tool very lightly and rotate in either direction several (2-3) turns. You will feel when the tick has released its mouth-parts and it is safe to pull up on the tick and Tick Twister®.
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How does Tick Twister® work?
There are two very important ways Tick Twister® works:
The tick's body is not compressed while detaching it from the skin. Squeezing or crushing the body of the tick may force infective body fluids through the mouthparts and into the wound site.
The tick is rotated instead of pulled. When ticks bite, they insert their long, central mouth-part (called the hypostome) into the skin. The hypostome is covered with sharp, backward-facing barbs (similar to a harpoon) which help keep the tick firmly attached while feeding. The twisting motion of the Tick Twister® removes the tick while keeping the tick's mouth-parts intact. Pulling on a tick with ordinary tweezers can leave the mouth-parts embedded in the skin.
IMPORTANT: Contrary to popular belief - DO NOT apply substances such as petroleum jelly, finger nail polish, finger nail polish remover, repellents, pesticides, or a lighted match to the tick while it is attached. These materials are either ineffective, or worse, might agitate the tick and cause it to force more infective fluid into the wound site.
Tick Twister®/ O'TOM® was invented and designed by a French veterinarian in the 1990's in two sizes, one for removing very small and small ticks and one for removing medium and large ticks. They are made of injected plastic (polyoxymethylene=POM). This polymer plastic was chosen because it is recyclable, can be incinerated without pollution (no chlorine fumes during combustion) and for its solidity and resistance to ether and most solvents. Tick Twister® can be disinfected with regular disinfectants (alcohol is one example).
Tick Twister® is unbreakable, hard-wearing and indefinitely reusable and carries a Life Time guarantee: if you damage your Tick Twister®, contact us and we will explain how to get your Tick Twister® replaced free of charge.
Caution: Although tick removal with Tick Twister® minimizes risks, it doesn't guarantee that you (or your pet) haven't been contaminated by tick-borne micro organisms: this contamination may have occurred before the removal.
We are a retailer of Tick Twister® which is manufactured by:
H3D, 4 rue de l'»pine, 01590 LAVANCIA, France
Tel / Fax : 33(0) 4 74 75 86 72 | www.tick-twister.com
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Twister® and this device is protected by international patents, trademarks
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