Your Family's Safety

Tick Removal

If you spend time outdoors, you are apt to pick up a tick from time to time. Don’t panic if you do. Medical experts differ on the time it takes for a tick to infect a host- ranging from several hours to up to 30 hours after the bite for infection to occur. If you perform a daily tick check, you greatly reduce your chances of contracting tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme disease. Here’s how to remove a tick:

Using a pair of fine pointed tweezers, grasp the tick as close as possible to the skin. Pull straight out with a steady motion. A tick’s mouthpart is barbed like a fish-hook. It may take several minutes of applying steady pressure for the tick to let go. Avoid squishing the tick or pulling side-to side. Once removed: