Removing an attached tick
Remove tick immediately after you find them.
According to the CDC, the following is the recommended method for removing ticks:
- 1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
- 2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
- 3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
- 4. Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.
Avoid folklore remedies such as “painting” the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible–not waiting for it to detach.
For more information please visit CDC website
Do not smother the tick with Vaseline or apply heat since this might cause the tick to regurgitate infectious fluids.