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How To Remove a Tick

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Ticks usually appear in wooden or grassy areas during the warmer months of the year, beginning in March. Some ticks carry the bacterial virus, Lyme Disease, among other types of tick-borne illnesses that can affect a human, pet or livestock animal. Ticks come about by latching-on and feeding on a warm-blooded mammal, the most common being a deer, human or domestic dog. Those with a tick bite will have less than 48 hours to remove the tick before possible transmission of the disease. Here's what you need to know:

After the tick bite:

1) Purchase a Tick Remover Tool

dee-2060-89765.1301942679.1280.1280-95140.1377178684.1280.1280.jpgHousehold tweezers may not be strong enough to successfully remove the tick. We suggest purchasing tick tweezers from Mastergardening.com for easy handling.

2) Disinfect the tick-biting area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

3) Pull the tick straight up. Be sure that the head and body both comes out completely. (Remember: Tick-borne disease transmission is not possible without the tick's head as this is what is burrowed inside the skin.) Do not rush the process so the tick's body does not break apart. If it does break for any reason, remove the broken parts from the infected area - do not leave the remaining body parts attached to your skin.

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4) Disinfect the tick-biting area with rubbing alcohol one final time.

5) Place the tick in a sealed container. Store in refrigerator if it is alive, and the freezer if it is dead.

6) Take the tick to a doctor's office quickly for testing to identify the type of tick; and consider testing for Lyme Disease and other diseases.