Preventing Lyme Disease
More information about ticks, tick removal and risks

Safe Tick Removal

Follow these simple steps to safely remove a tick.

tick removal

  • 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.
  • SUBMIT TICKS TO ALBERTA HEALTH SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM or contact theThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for alternate testing. - **note that AB surveilllance does not test ticks submitted by physicians, those are sent to national lab**

 

Watch video of SAFE TICK REMOVAL

 

NOT RECOMMENDED

  • 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)

 

SUBMIT TICKS TO ALBERTA HEALTH SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM or contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for alternate testing.

 

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