Once a tick latches itself to the skin, it can become quite difficult to remove. If you pull it out forcefully, part of its mouth can be left inside of you. If you squeeze an attached tick, the blood that is inside of the tick can go back inside of you. How gross!!! The best and safest way to remove a tick, is to get the pest to back out on its own. There are a couple of different methods and tricks on how to remove a tick. Try one and if it fails, progress to the next. Eventually, you will find one that works. Some ticks are much more stubborn than others.
First try warming the end of a pair tweezers with a match or lighter. Apply the heat to the tick's back side to make it release its grip. Careful not to burn yourself or kill the tick. Once the tick starts to wiggle use the tweezers to slowly and carefully remove the tick as it backs out. If this method does not work or tweezers are not available try the next step.
Drop a bit of rubbing alcohol on the ticks head. This can be a slow, yet safe process. It can take up to several minutes before the tick will back up. Be patient with this way of removing a tick.
Another method is to place a drop of fingernail polish near the tick's head. The fumes from the nail polish will take the tick's breath away. This will hopefully cause the critter to release its latch and backup. Be careful as it can also kill the tick if too much is used.
Once the tick has been successfully removed, inspect the head to make sure it is all connected. Dispose of the tick. Wash the area thoroughly and apply some antiseptic to prevent infections.
If you happen to get into turkey mites or a nest of baby ticks, it is important to get them off as soon as possible and ideally before coming indoors. If possible, strip down outside and use a waterhose to spray them off. Go indoors and take a shower, then proceed to take a bath with that has a small amount of bleach in it. You can also use lice medication to kill turkey mites. Inspect your body for remaining mites once you get out of the tub. Use cortizone cream or take benadryl to ease the itching. Rememeber to treat your clothing!
Tips & Warnings:
Anyone who spends time outside should check themselves before coming back inside. Be sure to inspect hidden areas, like the scalp, naval, between the toes, etc...
If symptoms develop after being bit by a tick seek medical attention immediatly. Warning signs can include flu like symptoms, joint pain, itching and/or a rash. Fever, breaking out or anything out of the normal should be checked by a doctor to rule out the possibly of Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and/or other infections. These conditions can be fatal without proper treatment.
Do not use an open flame near alcohol or finger nail polish.