by MACOR Industries Inc.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Tick Removal

Ticks are dangerous parasites. When encountering a tick, it is of utmost importance to remove it as fast, completely and effectively as possible to avoid dangerous infections and complications.

Surprisingly, general knowledge about safe and correct tick-removal practices is still fairly limited. As a result, rather ugly, messy and dangerous methods are frequently attempted, such as the use of force, pulling, burning the tick or even worse. This is the “ugly” part, that everybody hates, frequently tearing ticks apart, leaving parts imbedded and making the situation worse instead of better.

Fortunately, there is now a better, consistent and simple method of removing ticks—without leaving parts embedded in the skin or rupturing engorged ticks, taking the “ugly” part out of the procedure, finally!


Rule #1: DO NOT remove ticks by pulling—using tweezers, fingernails, hemostats, forceps or even worse procedures.

  • Barbs on the mouthpart (head) resist any pulling.
  • Using force—regardless—will frequently tear off the mouthpart, leaving parts imbedded.
  • Use of force can cause a messy situation by rupturing the tick, particularly engorged ones.
  • Parts of a tick left in the skin can cause infections and long-term effects requiring surgical removal.
Mouthpart of a Tick

Rule #2: Remove ticks by using the “gentle-turning method” only!

  • The barbs on the mouthpart (head) of the head do not resist a turning motion.
  • Gentle turning without pulling will cause the barbs to enlarge the opening in the skin.
  • After a few gentle turns, the tick will slide out of the host—easily—completely and consistently.
  • Note: Your wrist can only rotate half a turn, making the use of tweezers or fingers useless. Therefore, the use of a suitable device is necessary.

The De-Ticker II utilizes the “gentle-turning method,” and follows Rules 1 and 2 precisely. It has very little in common with tick pullers and removes ticks easily, completely and consistently—even engorged or imbedded ticks.

Since its introduction, the De-Ticker II has become the first choice of veterinarians, favoring, using and distributing this device nationwide. One try will demonstrate convincingly that other methods of tick removal have become inferior and obsolete.