How to Remove a Tick

So Memorial Day weekend has passed and thus, summer's officially underway, and for many that means more exposure to pesky things like ticks. I've already pulled at least half a dozen off of my little mutt, Franny, and seen a few creeping up my own legs when I was out in the woods of New Jersey a few weeks ago. (Luckily, none had had a chance to latch on yet.)

But once they do get their little fangs into you, there's a certain technique to removing tick that's most effective—and some of the Do's and Dont's may surprise you. According to the CDC, here's how to do it:

DO:
*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 away from your
skin. Then clean your skin, and hands, with soap and
warm water.

DON'T:
*Use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish, or other products to remove a tick.
*Be alarmed if the tick’s mouth remain in the skin. Once the mouthparts are removed from the rest of the tick, it can no longer transmit Lyme disease.
*Squeeze or puncture the body of the tick because it can contain bacteria.

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