A Facebook video showing a woman effortlessly removing a tick from her body using just a drop of peppermint oil has amassed more than 27 million views.
And no wonder it has proved popular - knowing a quick tick removal trick reduces the time it's allowed to feed, lowering your risk of catching an infectious illness, such Lyme disease.
The clip shows the burrowing pest reacting to the oil and crawling its way out of a woman's arm in just 20 seconds.
It also comes out in one piece, rather than leaving behind any of its mouth parts, which puts people at risk of infectious diseases even after the main body has been removed.
Yet, despite its apparent success, a tick expert has warned this removal method may do more harm than good.
Peppermint oil did repel the tick in the video, however, it is not a recommended method
HOW TO PREVENT TICK BITES
- Know where to expect ticks - areas of dense vegetation encourage the pest.
- Use a repellent - reapply regularly when the weather is humid or if you are swimming.
- Dress to deter ticks - choose clothes with elastic or drawstrings and tuck long trousers into socks.
- Take a walking stick with you - tap vegetation ahead of you to knock off any waiting ticks.
- Do the tick check - when you are out for the day, a quick inspection on clothing and exposed skin can help to detect ticks before they attach.
- Carry a tick remover - this helps to remove them sooner, lessening the chance of disease transmission.
- Dispose of ticks safely - wrap and squash it in a tissue and flush it or dispose of it in a bin.
- Don't bring ticks home - check clothing and pets first.
- Protect your pets - tick-control products that are 'spot on' or 'spray on' are available.
- Deter ticks from your garden - ticks thrive in humid environments and avoid sunny, dry areas.
Source: Borreliosis and Associated Diseases Awareness UK
Dr Neeta Connally, assistant professor of Biology at Western Connecticut State University, previously said drowning ticks in substances like peppermint oil can aggravate them, causing the spread of disease.
She 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.'
Advice from Borreliosis and Associated Diseases Awareness (BADA) UK backs up Dr Connally's theory.
On its website it warns: 'Using solutions such as alcohol, aftershave, oils/butter, paraffin, petroleum jelly or nail polish to try to suffocate a tick may cause it to regurgitate (vomit) saliva and gut contents as it tries to disengage its mouth parts and escape the irritating solution.
'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.'
The website warns that how a tick is removed is extremely important as an incorrect method can result in the tick's mouth parts being left behind in the skin.
This may cause a localized infection, which in severe cases can lead to abscesses and even septicemia.
Drowning ticks can agitate them, causing them to salivate and release harmful bacteria
You should also be careful not to compress the tick's body, as this may cause its saliva and gut contents to be squeezed back into the bloodstream of its host. the website adds.
BADA says the tick's mouth can be released via a turning action using a special tick-removal tool.
Twisting with tweezers, forceps or fingers is likely to exert too much pressure to the mouth parts and they may break off, it adds.
Experts warn that disease-carrying ticks are on the rise worldwide as global climates become warmer and wetter, providing the perfect tick breeding conditions.
A growing number of wild deer are also behind the problem in the UK, as ticks live on their skin.
Famous Lyme disease sufferers: Bella Hadid and Avril Lavigne have both revealed their disease
Lyme disease has become far more prominent since celebrity sufferers have spoken out about their condition.
Bella Hadid, for example, has endured a gruelling battle with Lyme disease since 2012, which forced her to give up her dream of competing in the Olympics as an equestrian.
The model's mother, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid, 53, and her younger brother Anwar, 17, have also been diagnosed with the debilitating condition.
Avril Lavigne and most recently Kelly Osbourne have also revealed they have the disease.