Monday, 28 December 2015

A Gardener's First Aid Kit … and tick remover

Since I took over my allotment a few years ago I often receive gardening gifts. Always a delight.

I was particularly chuffed with this dinky little first aid kit I received at Christmas. The tin is only a little larger than a match box so it will fit into a trouser pocket, or stored amongst small tools because the tin lid fits snug enough to keep the contents clean and dry.

I love the band-aids with the daisy design, perfect for slapping on a small wound. The tweezers will be really useful to remove a thorn or a splinter.

But the real plus is the gadget for removing ticks.  Funnily enough we were talking about ticks over at the allotments only a couple of weeks ago because it's 'tick season'. Ticks are only tiny little critters, size of a pin head, but they burrow into the skin and if you break them off and leave the head in, you can get a nasty infection.   (I know, sounds gross, but I ended up in hospital once having one dug out!)  Who ever thought gardening was an Elite Sport and not for the feint hearted.

Gardeners first aid kit in tiny tin
So. The magic tick remover is featured below - the gadget to the right of the photograph. And there is a tiny instruction book in the tin on how to use it to remove the tick. You stick the pointy end over the tick, grasp it, twist the gadget which will twist out the little critter! 

L to R  a band-aid, tweezers, and tick remover
All I need now is another gardener, plus tick, to practice on.

Happy Safe Gardening.


  1. Such a cute little first aid kit, Jean! I have never seen a gadget that can remove ticks but what a wonderful idea! Those Daisy band aids look pretty special too.

  2. my parents get a lot of ticks from their garden in the summer time - I need to look for a that gadget for them!