Tick Removal

Tick Removal Video provided by University of Manitoba
Kateryn Rochon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor – Veterinary Entomology

No tick bite is a good tick bite!  Frequent tick checks allow for detection of ticks quickly. The sooner a tick is removed properly, the less chance of disease transmission. Watch video below to view proper tick removal. 

LDA Comments

The tick shown in video is not a black-legged/deer tick. The LDA provides this video to show proper tick removal, but has no role in video production. Any comments on the video itself should be directed to  the University of Manitoba

Information below is from Lyme Disease Association’s LymeR Primer brochure. 
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Improper removal of ticks greatly increases the risk of acquiring tick-borne infections. Squeezing the tick or putting substances on the tick to try to make it “back out” may aggravate it enough that it injects into you whatever disease organisms are inside it.

      LDA Tick Removal copyDo not  burn or use any substance on tick

      Do not grasp, squeeze, or twist body of tick

      Grasp tick close to the skin with tweezers

      Pull tick straight out 

      Use antiseptic on skin

      Disinfect tweezers

      Wash hands thoroughly

      Always see a physician for possible diagnosis, testing, and treatment

      If desired, can save tick for testing, preferably alive, in a zippered plastic bag or a closed container with a moist cotton ball.