Tick-borne disease

The mouth parts of the tick are grasped with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible;
Apply firm steady pressure upward until the tick releases – do not jerk, twist, squash or squeeze the tick;
Clean the wound and the tweezers with an antiseptic.
Do not use petroleum jelly or nail polish remover, or prick or burn the tick, these actions can cause infected juices to enter the wound.

Place clothing worn in tick infested areas in the dryer for at least 30 minutes in order to kill any ticks. Be sure and check pets and other animals for ticks. Use approved tick repellents or products which kill ticks. If you want to have the tick checked for disease, place the tick in a clean vial or ziplock bag with a blade of grass, then contact your State Health Department for more information.

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