Made in Australia, Tick Tox® is a small and smart aerosol product. Used as directed, Tick Tox® will kill an embedded tick instantly. It is designed to go with you into the bush, garden or park as it can easily fit into your pocket. A must for your backpack and first aid kit.
Steps to using Tick Tox®
- Locate tick (or ticks).
- Remove cap of Tick Tox® and practice controlling duration of a squirt. Check here to see just how little Tick Tox® kills a big tick.
- Mask skin with the Tick Tox® “bookmask” and warn the tick’s victim that it may sting!
- Aim nozzle at the tick taking great care to not touch the tick.
- Spray Tick Tox® for short as possible – less than 1 second is plenty – do not over-use.
- Tick is now dead. Dab (or better) spray the bite site with antiseptic.
- WAIT for a minimum of 10 minutes or so. During this time the jaws release –NOTE : the Australian paralysis tick Ixodes holocyclus has the longest jaws of all known tick. Sometimes these massive jaws take a long time to release. Be patient and NEVER squeeze the tick with blunt tweezers – even when it has been snap frozen and killed with Tick Tox.
- Brush dead tick away.
- Dab some more antiseptic on the bite site.
- See a doctor if any disturbing symptoms occur in next few days – for example appearance of a ring around the bite site.
NEVER EVER EVER
- scratch the tick out
- pull it out with blunt tweezers and risk squashing it and squeezing in some of the toxic load in the tick
- dab it with chemical (insecticide or petrol or something that granddad recommends). See here for how quickly ticks are killed with Tick Tox compared to some of the silly ways people still try and kill ticks.
- smother with lanoline or vaseline or something oily
Every one of these will disturb the tick and can encourage it to spit its horrible load into you or your child or pet.
The contents are extremely flammable.
- Do not use near naked flame
- Do not smoke
- Don’t use near eyes, down ears or on genitals
- Be aware that overuse or direct application of Tick Tox spray to the skin can cause a burn.This can be avoided by using the bookmask and carefully following the instructions. A burn presents as a swollen red area and the development of a blister. If a burn does occur seek medical advice.