How to Remove a Tick

Tick bites are generally nothing more than harmless annoyances and are more likely to happen to animals and to those who are often outdoors, especially in the warmer months. Even so, if you do find that you've been bitten, it is imperative to discard the insect as soon as possible and thoroughly cleanse the area.

We asked Dr. Ericka Hayes, Pediatric Infectious Disease Sub-specialist at Washington University and Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, to give us her take on these sneaky little pests. Below are the best ways to defend yourself, if you find one of these stowaways has hitched a ride on you, or your child.  

Tick Removal 101

  • Extract the tick with pointy tweezers or covered hands
  • Grab low on the tick at the skin (the mouth of the tick)
  • Steadily and without twisting, pull the tick straight up
  • If necessary, save the tick in a bag or jar to identify it later

“It is not recommended to use wax, flame, smothering, alcohol, nail polish, or other techniques that may be out there for removal and may be dangerous. Dispose of the tick without popping it also; the tick’s insides may contain infectious material that if popped can get into the eye, for example, and cause severe infection,” reminded Dr. Hayes.

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5 comments

  1. LIZ says:

    omg, important information to know tnx

  2. mommy nhoj says:

    This is really scary! Thanks for the outlined tips.

  3. Namaste says:

    I look around the children after a walk in the park and woods every time..

  4. mamma says:

    UGHHHHH I despise ticks and they are so bad this year in the south.. my littlest one is 3 and seems to attract bugs like she was a jar of sugar water. I recently had to remove a cluster of ticks and I mean I removed around 20+ of the real small ones that you can barely see it looked like a speck of dirt and they were so small that I had a hard time getting them off of her. her other sisters didn’t get a single one on them. She is covered in little red bumps my poor baby.

    • Tatooed Mom says:

      If they’re coming from your yard you might consider fumigating it. I recently moved from a house that was infested with ticks in the backyard and I was always afraid of my newborn getting bitten by one if they got into the house.

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