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Proper way to remove a tick

Question by Charlie Cox. Uploaded on July 19, 2009

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

get a good hold as close to the ticks pincers and pull em out.

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from huntcamp wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

put a lit match or lighter close to them, they will pull out, they do not like the heat. I usually just pull them out. Most important to get the head out.

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from country road wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Grab him and jerk. Huntcamp is right about getting the head out.

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from BlackWater wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Never pull them out. Either put a hot needle to em or get a Q-tip with liquid dish soap and hold it on him. They will back out and usually stay on the Q-tip. If you just try to pull it out the head usually stays in. I don't want lyme disease risking that.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I kill them with Chigarid. Get it at the drugstore. Chigarid kills them almost instantly. It kills Chiggars too! Then gently tug with tweezers and the whole thing will come off if you take your time.

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from ohiohunter wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

dont just pull it out becuase the mouth can be left in your skin and you will get sick so light a match blow it out stick it on the tick so it opens its mouth then pull it out.

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from Rem700-06 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I've heard vaseline around the area will make them pull their head out as well. Any feedback on this?

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I just pull them off, They never seem to be on there to long before I notice. A good thing to do is always just feel your head and then when your taking a shower just look around to make sure none are latched in anywhere else. If you find them before to long you'll have no issues just pulling them off. On your dog if they've been on there a longer time simply use a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol and then leave it on them until they come undone and dispose via toilet or any other way you feel these bloodsuckers deserve to die.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Use blunt curved tweezers or a thread.
Grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and pull upward with a steady, even pressure.
Do not twist or jerk the tick because this may cause the mouth parts to detach and remain in the skin.
You should pull firmly enough to lift up the skin.
Hold this tension for 3 to 4 minutes and the tick will back out.
DO NOT squeeze, crush, or puncture the body of the tick because its fluids may contain bacteria.
Immediately dispose of the tick. If you have any concerns, put the tick in a plastic bag and freeze it. If you get sick you can take the dead tick with you when you see your provider.
Immediately wash your hands and the affected area with soap and water.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

In addition to the previous information in a pinch you can coat them with clear fingernail polish if you can slip you lady's bottle without her knowing. Ether kills them so they are easy to withdraw complete with the mandible but it is difficult to obtain these days. Chigarid is great like Del said. You can buy it on the net if local stores don't stock it. Read and heed Rudy's advice he's got this topic covered.

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from TJ wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

The old hot needle works the best in a pinch.

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from rocky d bashaw wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

alcohol or the fire works.

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from Eric368 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

If your in thewoods and don't feel like going home just yet this could work. If you have a knife and some sort of a fire starting tool use it or make a fire and heat up the tip of the knife. Get it decently hot and hold it to his back and wait till he backs off...or dies.

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from t_holinka wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

To get ticks out I use a tweezers and grab the tick as close to the skin as possible. I pull just to get the skin to tent and hold. The tick will pul out himself. It works every time.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I usually just pull them out but I've heard you're supposed to touch them with a hot match and they'll release and nothing will be left behind when you pull them out.

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from coho310 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Burn the thing's a** with a lighter and wait 'till it pulls it's ugly little head out.

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from Kyle Pountney wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

burn him up

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from wyattblevins wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Grab them as close to the skin as you can and twist counter clock wise. The match thing works but Ive heard if you go that route it can increase your risk of things like lime disease and rocky mountain spotted fever.

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from ricochet wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I've been plagued by those suckers for a while and just recently found a cure. It's called "the tick key" and I bought it from Duluth Trading( probably.com) It's a small one piece gadget that you put over the tick then slide it down to where it's head catches in a constricted part of the thing and lift it off. It removes the head every time and you can put it on your key chain! Best thing since sliced bread. I think it was around $5.00.

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from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

You can use vasoline or you can burn him off.

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from jrok6661 wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

My grandma once got one off my neck with a lit cigarette. It worked and I didn't even get burned.

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from huntcamp wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

put a lit match or lighter close to them, they will pull out, they do not like the heat. I usually just pull them out. Most important to get the head out.

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from BlackWater wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Never pull them out. Either put a hot needle to em or get a Q-tip with liquid dish soap and hold it on him. They will back out and usually stay on the Q-tip. If you just try to pull it out the head usually stays in. I don't want lyme disease risking that.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I kill them with Chigarid. Get it at the drugstore. Chigarid kills them almost instantly. It kills Chiggars too! Then gently tug with tweezers and the whole thing will come off if you take your time.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Use blunt curved tweezers or a thread.
Grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and pull upward with a steady, even pressure.
Do not twist or jerk the tick because this may cause the mouth parts to detach and remain in the skin.
You should pull firmly enough to lift up the skin.
Hold this tension for 3 to 4 minutes and the tick will back out.
DO NOT squeeze, crush, or puncture the body of the tick because its fluids may contain bacteria.
Immediately dispose of the tick. If you have any concerns, put the tick in a plastic bag and freeze it. If you get sick you can take the dead tick with you when you see your provider.
Immediately wash your hands and the affected area with soap and water.

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from Kyle Pountney wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

burn him up

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from wyattblevins wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Grab them as close to the skin as you can and twist counter clock wise. The match thing works but Ive heard if you go that route it can increase your risk of things like lime disease and rocky mountain spotted fever.

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from ohiohunter wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

dont just pull it out becuase the mouth can be left in your skin and you will get sick so light a match blow it out stick it on the tick so it opens its mouth then pull it out.

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from Rem700-06 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I've heard vaseline around the area will make them pull their head out as well. Any feedback on this?

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I just pull them off, They never seem to be on there to long before I notice. A good thing to do is always just feel your head and then when your taking a shower just look around to make sure none are latched in anywhere else. If you find them before to long you'll have no issues just pulling them off. On your dog if they've been on there a longer time simply use a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol and then leave it on them until they come undone and dispose via toilet or any other way you feel these bloodsuckers deserve to die.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

In addition to the previous information in a pinch you can coat them with clear fingernail polish if you can slip you lady's bottle without her knowing. Ether kills them so they are easy to withdraw complete with the mandible but it is difficult to obtain these days. Chigarid is great like Del said. You can buy it on the net if local stores don't stock it. Read and heed Rudy's advice he's got this topic covered.

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from TJ wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

The old hot needle works the best in a pinch.

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from rocky d bashaw wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

alcohol or the fire works.

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from Eric368 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

If your in thewoods and don't feel like going home just yet this could work. If you have a knife and some sort of a fire starting tool use it or make a fire and heat up the tip of the knife. Get it decently hot and hold it to his back and wait till he backs off...or dies.

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from t_holinka wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

To get ticks out I use a tweezers and grab the tick as close to the skin as possible. I pull just to get the skin to tent and hold. The tick will pul out himself. It works every time.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I usually just pull them out but I've heard you're supposed to touch them with a hot match and they'll release and nothing will be left behind when you pull them out.

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from coho310 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Burn the thing's a** with a lighter and wait 'till it pulls it's ugly little head out.

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from ricochet wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I've been plagued by those suckers for a while and just recently found a cure. It's called "the tick key" and I bought it from Duluth Trading( probably.com) It's a small one piece gadget that you put over the tick then slide it down to where it's head catches in a constricted part of the thing and lift it off. It removes the head every time and you can put it on your key chain! Best thing since sliced bread. I think it was around $5.00.

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from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

You can use vasoline or you can burn him off.

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

get a good hold as close to the ticks pincers and pull em out.

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from country road wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Grab him and jerk. Huntcamp is right about getting the head out.

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from jrok6661 wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

My grandma once got one off my neck with a lit cigarette. It worked and I didn't even get burned.

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