With you in a tick

Country Life Every Week - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

LAST week’s well-meant ad­vice on how to re­move a tick was aw­fully wrong (‘Thor­oughly ticked off’, July 12)—us­ing pointed tweez­ers or a wire loop only ag­gra­vates them and they fight back, zap­ping you with more venom. I live on Sydney’s North­ern Beaches, the tick cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia, if not the world, and the rem­edy here is sim­ple and ef­fec­tive, ap­proved by lo­cal doc­tors and phar­ma­cists. You dab the tick with sca­bies cream or squirt it with in­stant wart freeze, which stuns and then kills the lit­tle bug­ger. Af­ter 10 min­utes, you brush it off, sim­ply and pain­lessly. Job done. Mike Carl­ton, Sydney, Aus­tralia

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