Video of Woman Removing Tick with Peppermint Oil Is Incredibly Dangerous

This woman appears to have a tick on her arm, until she coats the tick with peppermint oil. Cue the tick's freak out. 

Yet assistant professor of Biology at Western Connecticut State University, Dr. Neeta Connally, explained that drowning a tick in oils can do far more bad than good.

 Dr. Connally said:

We don’t want to agitate the tick at all because many carry all sorts of diseases.

Those are actually salivated into the body when the tick attaches and so we don’t want to agitate the tick in any way that is going to make it salivate more and thereby be more likely to transmit anything into you that may make you sick.

Whilst this method may cause the tick to drop off, it may also increase the risk of disease-causing organisms entering the bloodstream of the person or animal the tick is attached to.

 

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