Follow these simple steps to safely remove a tick.
- With fine point tweezers, grasp mouth parts as close to the skin as possible.
- Slowly pull the tick straight up and out
- Use caution to not squeeze or twist the body of the tick. (This may cause the tick to empty the contents of its stomach into your bloodstream, creating a higher risk of infection.)
- Wash bite site with soap and water or antiseptic wipe.
- Contact your doctor, taking the tick with you, and request preventative antibiotics.
Watch video of SAFE TICK REMOVAL
- DO NOT burn ticks
- DO NOT use any substance that suffocates the tick.
- DO NOT pull out with bare fingers, use tweezers!
- Squishing or causing death to an attached tick can increase risk of infection. It may cause the tick to empty its stomach contents into your bloodstream and it may also defecate on an open wound.
Other Methods of Tick Removal
Straw and Knot and Intradermal Blister Method
(Link used with permission from Dr. E. Murakami Centre for Lyme Research, Education & Assistance Society)