How to Remove a Tick Properly

1. How To Remove a Tick

  1. Use tweezers or a tick remover kit to remove the tick. Do not handle the tick with your hands.
  2. Grab the tick as close to it’s mouth as you can, and pull up slowly but sturdily.
  3. Make sure you don’t pull the tick up by the body as squeezing it can push infected fluid into you.
  4. Do not twist, squeeze or “unscrew” the tick. The may separate the ticks head from it’s body and leave parts of the tick’s mouth parts in you.
  5. Do not put gasoline, nail polish, vaseline or any chemical on the tick. This can make it regurgitate infected stomach fluids into you.
  6.  After the tick has been removed wash the bitten area with soap and warm water and put some peroxide on it.
  7. Save the tick and put it in a jar or plastic bag with a wet cotton ball. Send the tick to one of these labs. 
  8. Keep an eye on the area for redness, a rash and watch out for flu like symptoms such as fever, head or malaise. Let your doctor know you were bitten by a tick.

Chemicals & Twisting




 Here’s why:

Some people ask why you can’t squeeze or twist the tick or put vaseline or other chemicals on a tick for removal. Please read these following articles.

  • Evaluation of methods of tick removal in human ixodidiasis from Pub Med
    “With regard to the type of removal method and the development of complications, only three patients who had ticks pulled with tweezers experienced complications compared with 23 patients who used other methods (p = 0.0058). With regard to specific complications (LB and/or spotted fever) and/or development of B. burgdorferi or R. conorii infection significant differences were also observed when tweezers were used for removal of ticks compared with other tick removal methods (p < 0.05). CONCLUSION:
    The removal of ticks with tweezers significantly protects from the development of complications and infection by tick-borne microorganisms. Antibiotic prophylaxis is recommended when the removal of the arthropod is carried out by using a method other than the recommended one.
  • Tick Removal from Pub Med:
    “the tick removal technique should not allow or provoke the escape of infective body fluids through the tick into the wound site.”
  • From Lyme Research Alliance:
    “Take the time to remove the tick properly because improper removal can increase your risk of infection. Grasp the tick with fine point tweezers as close to skin as possible.”
  • From the CDC
    “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.”
  • From the CDC
    “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.”
  • From the ASPCA
    “Do not twist or jerk the tick! This may leave the mouth-parts embedded in your pet, or cause the tick to regurgitate infective fluids.”
  • This Is the Only Thing You Should Do If a Tick Lands on You
    “Ticks carry all sorts of diseases,” entomologist Dr. Neeta Connally recently told KFGO. “Those are actually salivated into the body when the tick attaches, and so we don’t want to agitate the tick in any way that is going to make it salivate more and thereby be more likely to transmit anything.” That includes drowning them in peppermint oil, of course.”

2. Where to Send the Tick for Testing

If you find a tick attached to you, your children or a pet, you can keep it and send it to one of these labs for testing. Click on the following labs for instructions on what to do with the tick.

3. What to Show your Doctor to make sure you get proper Treatment

(If your doctor tries to give you only  a day to  a week’s worth of Doxy, print these out for your doctor.)

Print These out for your Doctor

4. How quickly does it take for Lyme to be transmitted?

Some people say, “My doctor told me the tick had to be attached for up to 72 hours.”

Not true: Transmission can happen quicker.

Tick Prevention Tools

TickTubes for your yard, tick remover kit and Insect Repellent.

Here are some Posters you can Share on Social Media
to Educate Others on Proper Tick Removal

How to Remove a Tick Video

At the very end of this video the lady says you can’t get Lyme from a dog tick. This has been proven incorrect now. There are a lot of old outdated websites spreading false information at the very least, “old out of date” information. So make sure to watch for symptoms no matter what type of tick bites you as they all carry many different diseases, not just Lyme disease. But I wanted to post this video because it was the best one I could find showing the right way to remove a tick. For more transmission information please visit: How Lyme Disease is Transmitted


Tick Prevention Methods