Remove a tick from your skin as soon as you notice it. Use fine-tipped tweezers to firmly grasp the tick very close to your skin. With a steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from your skin. Then clean your skin with soap and
warm water. Throw the dead tick away with your household trash.
crushing the tick’s body. Do not be alarmed
if the tick’s mouthparts remain in the
skin. Once the mouthparts are removed from
the rest of the tick, it can no longer transmit
the Lyme disease bacteria. If you accidentally
crush the tick, clean your skin with soap and
warm water or alcohol.
Don’t use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish, or other products to remove a tick.