Ticks are pesky critters that live by feeding on the blood of other animals, notably a nuisance for us humans. Tick season begins in early spring and continues through fall.
If there’s a tick burying itself on your skin, there’s no need to panic!
All you need is a set of fine-tipped tweezers and you’re set to remove the tick effectively. Before we get to the step-by-step guide, here’s some rules to follow:
DON’T crush a tick with your fingers
DON’T twist or jerk the tick – this may make some parts to break off and remain in your skin
DON’T use nail polish or petroleum jelly on the tick
DON’T heat the tick
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here’s a helpful step-by-step guide to removing a tick:
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to clasp the tick as close to the skin as possible, then…
- Pull upward with steady pressure.
- After removal, thoroughly clean the bite area with rubbing alcohol, iodine scrub, or soap and water.
- Submerse the live tick in alcohol and place it in a sealed bag, or flush it down the toilet.
- Lastly, do visit your doctor if you experience rashes or fever within several days of the bite. It’s important to know if the tick that bit you carried an infection.
Short and simple, once you get past the point of fear and disgust (if you’re not a fan of bugs!).
If you have a tick infestation in your household or in your business, then that’s a different problem altogether.
If this is the case, we strongly advise that you seek a pest control expert for infestation problems. We have the professional knowledge and expertise to efficiently solve your problem!