Ticks are common insects, which can cling onto your skin and suck your blood. It is generally noted that ticks are black, brown or red in color, ranging from the size of a pinhead to that of a thumb. They may stick to any part of the body of pets (cat, dog, etc) and it is through them that they usually travel to a human. The pests are mostly active in spring and summer and can easily trouble you if you have an unclean pet at home. So, try to keep your pet clean and prevent him from roaming around in grassy areas. In case you still manage to catch ticks from your pet, it is very necessary to remove them properly. In the following lines, we have provided the best way for removing ticks from a human.
How to Remove a Tick
- The first step to remove ticks is to check your body thoroughly, from head to toe. Backs of knees, groin area and torso are the main areas of concern.
- There are certain parts in our body where it becomes difficult for us to reach. In that case, you can ask either your family members or friend, whomever you are comfortable with, to help you find the tick.
- Once you have located the tick, be cautious when you attempt to remove it. Use a pair of tweezers and grab the tick near the surface of your skin. Using hands to remove the tick may be risky, as apart from leaving some parts of tick under your skin, it will also expose your hands to any disease the tick is carrying.
- Cautiously remove the tick from the skin. The task would require you to remove it gently. There are times when the tick's mouth separates from the rest of the body. Pull out the mouth separately if it has detached from the body.
- The tick must be thrown into a fire or flushed down the toilet. Do not dispose it by smashing it with your foot or your bare hands.
- After you have disposed the tick, clean the infected area with an antiseptic soap and water and wash your hands as well. Bactine can also be used, as it contains an anesthetic to numb the wound.