The most recent information on tick removal is to simply grab the little bugger with tweezers. Grab them behind the head so you hold the whole body with the tweezers, and pull it right straight backwards, out of your skin. Don't twist it, just pull straight out. Put the tick into a baggie or clear tape to take to the doctor, and wash the bite with soap and water. Take the tick to the doctor to be tested for Lyme Disease, which can become a chronic problem.
Source: Girl Scout and Boy Scout outdoor trainings
By Eileen from Elk Grove, CA
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