Bug Bite Thing, the maker of the chemical-free, reusable insect bite relief suction tool, announces the acquisition of TickEase, Inc., the only patented, two-sided and fine-tipped tweezers, created expressly for removal of embedded ticks from people and pets, which meets Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for proper tick removal.
The introduction of Bug Bite Thing Tick Remover marks the company’s expansion beyond the insect bite relief industry to two new industries: the pet industry, which is anticipated to grow to $500 billion globally by 2030 and the flea and tick products global market, which is expected to reach $16.4 billion by 2031. With the tick tool now available under the Bug Bite Thing brand, the company anticipates its revenue to increase by 58% in 2024.
With the acquisition of TickEase, the company aims to prevent the spread of Lyme disease, a problem that impacts both people and their pets.
According to CDC estimates, Lyme disease annually impacts nearly 500,000 people in the United States alone, and is also a problem for pet owners. Last year, nearly 425,000 dogs in the U.S. were diagnosed with tick-borne diseases.
While using household tweezers for the tick removal increases the risk of tearing the tick and exacerbating the problem, Bug Bite Thing Tick Remover completely removes engorged ticks, thereby reducing the chances of transmitting tick-borne diseases. Following the tick removal, consumers can also use Bug Bite Thing to help remove any remaining tick saliva from the skin, an irritant that can cause skin infections.
Bug Bite Thing Founder & CEO Kelley Higney says, “After becoming the go-to chemical-free treatment for insect bites, we are tackling the tick problem and offering another non-toxic and reusable tool. This is just one of many future expansions we have in the works, furthering our mission to provide customers and now their pets too with effective, eco-friendly solutions, so they can enjoy the outdoors.”
Founder and President of TickEase, Inc., Dan Wolff aka Tick Man Dan says, “Bug Bite Thing has educated millions of people on how to treat insect bites. And while Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne disease in the U.S., many people don’t understand just how serious tick-borne infections can be. With the Bug Bite Thing Tick Remover, the company will bring critical awareness to this important issue and teach consumers the correct method to remove ticks.”
“This acquisition marks an acceleration of the business’s growth into a new sector: the pet industry. Bug Bite Thing’s success has proven the company understands how to market a consumer product, and I’m sure the Bug Bite Thing Tick Remover will soon become a household name. I look forward to the business’s continued expansion, and working with the team to add new products under the Bug Bite Thing brand name,” says inventor/entrepreneur Lori Greiner.