Tick removal

Castor bean tick larvae and female ticks

Fig. 67. Castor bean tick top: larvae. In the middle: a male. Bottom: two females. One has fed and is the same size as the ticks often are when discovered on the skin. (Natural size).

As evidenced, there are valid reasons why contact with the castor bean tick should be avoided. If you are bitten by the castor bean tick, be sure to remove it quickly. There are special tick pesticides that ease removal of ticks. A gentle spray of the ticks with an insect spray containing pyrethrin I and II + piperonyl butoxide have the same effect. Shampoos containing the same substances can be used if a human or a pet is infested by many ticks.

Household remedies. All other measures are basically household remedies. Common to the household remedies are that they are close at hand. It may be gasoline, petroleum, grease, nail polish, cigarette ignition, etc. Each method has its sworn devotees.

A 90° turn. If you just pull the tick it may break the ticks’ body. Many take the chance anyway – with or without household remedies – and remove the legs and mouth parts with a needle, tweezers or adhesive plaster afterwards. In order to remove the whole tick, be sure to pinch the skin together under the tick, so that the bite wound expands. Then twist the tick 90° and gently pull it out. The wound should be disinfected.