REMOVING A TICK
Use sanitized (use alcohol) fine - pointed tweezers.
Wear gloves when possible.
Hold tweezers close to the hosts skin, avoiding the ticks body so it is not squeezed releasing more infection into the host.
Pull straight up with slow, steady motion without twisting or jerking. Twisting or jerking can break mouth parts off leaving them in the host.
Wash the area and your hands with soap and water.
Place it in a small container with alcohol. Put the date on the container.
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- NEVER... use your fingers
- NEVER... smother with any substance, squeeze,
twist, or burn the tick doing so can cause the tick
to regurgitate it's stomach contents into the host
possibly transmitting even more pathogens.
REMEMBER, YOUR GOAL IS TO GET THAT TICK OFF AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.
Transmission can be immediate as pathogens can be in the ticks saliva which they use to numb their host before biting and they also use it to keep the hosts blood from coagulating.
Please watch video below...
(There is no sound with this video. It is just to show you how to properly remove a tick.)
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