We’ve all seen the posts on Facebook that you can use a bunch of different methods to remove a tick, but doctors and scientists are telling us to STOP! They say using essential oils, Vaseline, heat, nail polish etc are all bad ideas! Those things can cause the tick to salivate which is how they transmit disease. The Government of Canada website says this is the safest way to remove a tick:
You can remove a tick that has latched onto you. The tick will embed its mouthparts into your skin.
If you are not comfortable with removing a tick, visit your health care provider as soon as possible.
Otherwise, follow these steps to remove a tick:
- Using clean tweezers, carefully grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull slowly upward, but try not to twist or crush the tick.
- Once the tick is removed, wash the area where you were bitten with soap and water. You may also disinfect the area with alcohol or hand sanitizer. Wash your hands with soap and water.
If you have been bit by a tick here is a link to the symptoms of Lyme disease to look out for. Lyme Disease can be very serious.
Or you could just let Brad Paisley check you for Ticks…