How to Remove a Tick
Learn the safest way to extract a tick from your skin
Ticks are a year-round pest that pose health risks to you and your pets. These parasitic insects feed on blood and can spread disease as they feed. If you see a tick embedded in your skin, it’s important to remove it immediately. But be careful; there is a right and wrong way to do it. Read on to learn how to remove a tick the right way.
How to Remove a Tick
- First, get a pair of pointed tweezers, a bottle of rubbing alcohol, and a cotton ball.
- Use the rubbing alcohol and cotton ball to clean the affected site (the skin around the embedded tick).
- Grab the tick by its head with the pointed ends of the tweezers. Try to get as close to the skin as possible. This helps you get leverage so you can remove most of the tick at once.
- Using the tweezers, pull the tick out in a straight direction with one smooth, firm motion.
- Clean the bite area again, and your hands, with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
- Now it’s time to dispose of the tick. Do not crush the tick between your fingers. Believe it or not, you can contract any diseases the tick is carrying this way. Instead, wrap it in tape or place it in a plastic sandwich baggie. Either way, keep it around for 30 days following its removal. You’ll need to have it around in case you begin showing symptoms of a tick-contracted disease.
- Make sure to tell your doctor that you had a tick bite, how long ago it happened, and where you might have gotten it.
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The team at Resolution Pest is well aware of how prevalent fleas and ticks are to the area. Our Property Shield program includes perimeter treatments to prevent these parasitic pests from hitching a ride into your home or business. Through our flea and tick control program, we resolve to keep your property safe from a tick and flea invasion. Call us today at 610-337-7378 to schedule a free estimate.
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