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Tick How to Safely Remove a Tick

A tick's mouth-parts have
backward pointing hooks which
make them difficult to remove
from the skin. Some species
release a cement through their
mouthparts into the wound
which glues them to the host.

UK Safari Tip:
You can see all the details on ticks and other tiny creatures with the help of a powerful hand lens - click here

By far, the safest way we've found of removing a tick is with a tick lasso.

If you don't have access to one you could try using some fine-point tweezers. Avoid handling ticks with uncovered fingers. Do not squeeze the tick's body, jerk it, crush it or try to burn the tick out.

Grasp it where its mouth parts enter the skin and tug gently and repeatedly, twisting anti-clockwise and upwards until it releases its hold by withdrawing its barbed mouth part from your skin. Be patient, it can take some time. When you've removed the tick, wipe the bite area with antiseptic, or wash it with soap and water.

Save the tick in a covered jar labeled with the date, the place on your body where you were bitten, and the place where you think you picked up the tick. Place a moist paper towel in the jar and store it at refrigerator temperature.

Track Down More Info

The UK Safari Tick Page
What's Lyme Disease?
The Life Cycle of the Tick
UK Safari Creepy-Crawlies Section

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