The Tick Key

Posted Aug. 24, 2011, at 4:06 p.m.

Price: $6

Weight: 0.2 ounces

Ticks gross me out and the thought of touching them can send me over the edge, so I’ve found this fabulous little device to keep my palpitations to a minimum this summer: The Tick Key.

The Tick Key is a great little U.S.-made item that any hiker, pet owner, gardener, fisherman or parent should have on their key chain or in their wallet. The lightweight key is made of high-strength anodized aluminum and can remove ticks of any size.

The removal process is as easy as 1-2-3. Simply place the teardrop hole over the attached tick, slide the tick into the tapered slot, pull the key away from the skin, and presto — that nasty little bugger is removed, head and all.

Maine’s tick population is on the rise this year; I’ve seen it with my own eyes in my backyard. What’s even scarier is the type of ticks I’m seeing this summer. I’m no expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I know what a run-of-the-mill dog tick looks like (big, ugly and flat) and that’s not the only type I’ve pulled off my pups or brushed off my legs.

Needless to say, I’m always thinking about the possibility that these offensive creeps could be carrying Lyme disease around with them. Early and proper removal of ticks is not a 100-percent guarantee against tick-borne diseases, but it certainly can’t hurt and it sure makes this Maine girl feel better.

— Jennifer Sonnenberg, Epic Sports

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/08/24/outdoors/gear-box/the-tick-key/ printed on April 24, 2014