Quick and Easy Tick Removal


Ticks are everywhere here in Tennessee, so much so that our Chickens can’t seem to keep up with them, though I’m sure they give it their best. So if you live around us or in an area where ticks are living, it pays to know an easy and safe way to remove them.
If you’re not already convinced, we have a friend who recently made a trip to the ER to find out that he is now allergic to the meat of mammals because of a tick bite.
On with the removal procedure.
The main idea with the process is that you want to end up with a living tick that still has its “mouth” in tact. If you rip off its “mouth” or kill the tick it will basically vomit inside you and any parasites or bacteria come with it. With a living tick, your chances of that are much less.
Step 1 – Locate Tick
A simple visual inspection at the end of the day.
Step 2 – Take some dental floss and make a loose knot. Lay the knot around the tick area and gently tighten the knot making sure it tightens right where the tick meets your body. Once it is in the right position, tighten it down.
Step 3 – Gently pull on the floss/knot. Generally the tick will release if you just apply constant pressure for a little while.
Step 4 – Once you have a live tick on a string, it’s best to put it in a plastic bag with the date of removal on it. Put that bag in the freezer to preserve the tick. This is in case your health turns and you need to get the tick tested for the various parasites or bacterias.
The tick in the photo is completely alive. Notice the knot tied around its “mouth” area.
Quick and Easy Tick Removal Process (all you need is dental floss and a steady hand.)
Step 1 – Locate Tick A simple visual inspection at the end of the day.
Step 2 – Take some dental floss and make a loose knot. Lay the knot around the tick area and gently tighten the knot making sure it tightens right where the tick meets your body. Once it is in the right position, tighten it down.
Step 3 – Gently pull on the floss/knot. Generally the tick will release if you just apply constant pressure for a little while.
Step 4 – Once you have a live tick on a string, it’s best to put it in a plastic bag with the date of removal on it. Put that bag in the freezer to preserve the tick. This is in case your health turns and the tick needs tested.

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  • Sherilyn Lawson
    on Jun 12, 2018

    i'm moving to an area with ticks and know nothing about them. thank you. i will be living alone, can this be done on one's self? with one hand, i mean? if i were to get a tick on my arm, i'd only have the other arm to work with

    • Catherine Loucks
      on May 23, 2020

      Use liquid hand soap to remove ticks. You can use a cotton ball and gently rub the tick for several seconds. After a bit it will release its hold and it is out.

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  • Michele
    on Oct 21, 2019

    You never want to put anything on the tick or use a match. This will make the tick throw up its stomach contents into your blood stream!! Use a pair of tweezers and get as close to where the tick is attached to your body and slowly and gently pull it out. Keep it for several months. It is much much easier and more accurate to test a tick for Lyme than it is a person.

  • Kirkp
    30 minutes ago

    Ticks DO NOT VOMIT! But their saliva contains the nasty stuff that can make humans sick

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