Tick Removal - Four Effective Methods: Unless you’re an entomologist, ticks should have no place in your life, or on your skin. Aside from the general stigma of ticks being “gross bugs,” they are actually very harmful. They survive by latching onto warm-blooded mammals and feed on their blood. Ticks can deliver a deadly payload of disease by burrowing their heads into the skin, a method that introduces their body fluids into their victims. It generally takes at least 12 to 24 hours of feeding before an infected tick can spread disease to its host - but don’t wait. If you see a tick, follow some of the ways mentioned below to remove them safely and avoid tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, or Ehrlichia:
Tick Removal - Four Effective Methods: #1 TWEEZERS
- Using a pair of tweezers, find the head of the tick attached to the skin.
- Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible with a pair of tweezers. Make sure you're gripping the tick's head. Get the tweezers as close to the mouth of the tick as possible.
- Pull firmly and steadily outward. Do not twist, jerk or wiggle the tweezers as you pull, or the tick's mouthparts will remain attached to the skin.
Tick Removal - Four Effective Methods: #2 DENTAL FLOSS
- Cut a length of floss.Choose a thin, unwaxed floss, or another type of thin string.
- Loop the string around the tick's head.The string should lie as close to the skin as possible.
- Pull the ends of the string upward in a slow, steady motion.The tick's mouth will release the skin.
Tick Removal - Four Effective Methods: #3 CREDIT CARD
- Slide a credit card next to the tick's head.
- Firmly hold the back of the tick in place. Use gloves to handle the rest of the tick’s body.
- Slide the credit card along your skin and under the head.After a few tries, the tick should come out whole.
Tick Removal - Four Effective Methods: #4 VISIT A DOCTOR
See a doctor if you have trouble removing the tick. Some ticks are so small, and stubborn, that they're difficult to remove using conventional methods. A doctor will be able to remove the tick for you and even analyze the tick and your blood to make sure diseases haven’t spread.