|This tick removing tool is available for $0.60 USD delivered on Aliexpress.
|These plastic forks remove ticks safely and quickly by spinning them until they fall off.
They use an identical mechanism to the Otom "Tick Twister" tools - the smaller fork is for smaller ticks and the larger is for larger ticks.
How it works
Ticks attach to animals and humans by inserting their long, barbed, central mouth-part (hypostome) into the skin.
(e.g. this youtube video if you aren't squeamish)
Instead of pulling against the barb, the fork of the tool is inserted around the mouth-parts of the tick so they fit securely within the groove, and the tool is spun (any direction) until the tick releases.
This page has a good video showing usage.
After removing the tick, the wound can be disinfected and the tick disposed of in a safe way (though some suggest keeping the tick carcass for later testing, should symptoms appear).
Why use a tick removal tool
Removing a tick properly is important as they can be transmitters of serious diseases .
e.g (depending on region):
Incorrect removal technique (e.g. pulling, burning, suffocating) can cause the tick to regurgitate into the bite, or leave the mouth parts in the wound.
While tweezers are also a valid option (pulling straight up), bad technique can squeeze the tick or break it apart, and the tweezers would have to be sterilized afterward - rendering them useless for the rest of the trip.
2pcs tick forks
Tick twister on Amazon.com (affiliate link)
How do you remove ticks with the TICK TWISTER?
Tick twister informational sell sheet (pdf)
Twister Official Video
Tick-transmitted Diseases in Australia
CDC: Tick Bite: What to Do (pdf)
Tick Checking 101: Steps to Take For Every Hike
The Claim: Remove a Tick From Your Skin by Burning It
Tick removal tweezers
Ticks, ticks, baby!