Those of you that have been following my work know that I have a strong interest in wildlife damage inspection and investigation. Well one aspect of wildlife damage inspection is having quality equipment. Tweezers are an important tool that helps enhance inspections. I like PockeTweez which can fit right on your key chain. It’s small and convenient, because chances are you carry your keys with you all the time.
I like to have tweezers, like PockeTweez for two important uses. First, tweezers help you grasp items that are too small for your fingers. I have fat fingers or at least wide ones. It’s often difficult to grasp small items without using a tool to help me get the right angle so I can pick it up. This is where tweezers are extremely useful. They are extensions of your hands only thinner. Don’t believe me? Try to pick up an insect or small seed off the ground and see how easy it is.
The second reason for tweezers is just as important but I think it is actually more important. That reason is disease safety. Let’s face it wildlife control is a dirty (i.e. germy business). You shouldn’t be touching things with your bare hands and you often shouldn’t be touching them even if you have protective gloves. Distance as they say is your friend. Tweezers give you distance to pick up insects (like ticks and flies) that can carry biological nasties. Also tweezers can be used to tease open scat (be careful of wind direction as you don’t want to aerosolize infectious agents which you then inhale). Keep in mind that if you use tweezers to handle nasties, don’t leave it on your key chain and put it back in your pocket. Doing that is not only gross it’s unhealthy.
Whether you carry them in your inspection kit or on your person, be sure to have tweezers around.
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