Record of Tick Removal
Here is the information that you should record at the time of tick removal:
- The date and time the tick was removed.
- Whether the tick was attached to a person or animal.
- If attached to a person, age and sex.
- If attached to an animal, was it a dog, cat or other animal?
- Note the body part that the tick was attached to.
- Visible rash or other symptoms?
- Town & state where the tick was acquired.
- Positive identification of the tick species?
Contact individual testing facilities to see if additional information is required.
Proper tick removal:
Using a pair of fine pointed tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible, and pull straight up with a steady motion. It may take several minutes for the tick to release. Avoid twisting or squeezing the tick with your fingers, as this may inject the content of the tick's gut into your bloodstream.