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Follow the National Pest Management Association’s Step-by-Step Guide

Things you need to remove ticks: fine-tipped tweezers, soap & water, rubbing alcohol, tape or a zippered bag.

Step 1: Stay calm and gently pull back any hair from around the tick, exposing the skin near the tick/bite.

Step 2: Locate the head of the tick and grasp it as close to the skin as possible using fine-tipped tweezers and gently squeeze.

Step 3: Pull outward in a straight motion until the pressure pulls out the head of the tick. Do not twist or wiggle the tick, as that may ear the head off, leaving it lodged in the skin.

Step 4: Once removed, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with soap and water. You can also use rubbing alcohol or an iodine scrub.

Step 5: Save the tick for identification. Tape it to a piece of paper or store in a zippered bag. Not all species of ticks carry disease, and if you are concerned, your doctor may want to see the tick.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your develop a rash or fever after removing a tick, see your doctor.

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