How to Remove a Tick

How to Remove a Tick
People will tell you that there are many ways to remove a tick once it has bitten and attached itself to a person. Some will suggest to burn the tick with a match or a heated object while others will say that covering the tick with petroleum jelly will make it let go so that it can be removed. However, these types of methods for tick removal may do more harm than good, as the tick may salivate into the wound, increasing the risk of infection. The best way to remove a tick is the one that is the fastest, requiring only a pair of tweezers or specially designed tick removal equipment.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tweezers Antiseptic
  • Tweezers
  • Antiseptic
Step 1
Locate the tick on your body. Tick bites are often painless so anytime you have ventured outdoors where ticks may be frequenting check yourself for ticks. If someone else is with you, check each other in the places that you both cannot see such as your back or buttocks region. Ticks gain access to a person in many ways, including from the ground, by jumping from vegetation that may be as high as the person is tall, and from floating down from the branches of trees.
Step 2
Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible using a pair of blunt ended tweezers. It is important not to squeeze the tick tightly since this may crush it and force the contents of its body into the site of the bite. Ticks transmit diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever by attaching themselves to a host and then salivating into the wound to enable them to drink the person's blood.
Step 3
Pull the tick straight up off the skin without turning or twisting it. This will more than likely remove the entire tick, head included. Pull up gently until the tick lets go.
Step 4
Place the tick in a small container with alcohol in it and apply antiseptic solution to the bite. Try to correctly identify the species of tick if possible by using any reference guide or other source at your disposal as this can allow you to know if it is a common carrier of certain diseases.
Step 5
Monitor the site of the bite closely for as long as a week, looking for any markings or rashes that develop which may be the symptoms of Lyme disease or other tick-borne ailments. It is always wise to consult your physician after a tick has been removed.

Tips & Warnings

Purchase a product such as "Tick Pliers" that are designed to remove ticks safely. Outdoor enthusiasts should be equipped with such tick removal devices to insure safe extraction of any ticks that may attach themselves. "Tick Pliers" grab the tick very close to the skin, have a small lens to help magnify the tick and the bite site, and come with a booklet describing tick species.
Once you find a tick remove it immediately. The longer it is attached to a person the more the chances increase of it transmitting disease.

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