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Removing a Tick

July 30, 2010

Tick RemovalApply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball and cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball. Let it stay on the repulsive insect for one minute, after which the tick will come out on it's own. If the tick is not stuck to the cotton ball, wipe the area gently with a washcloth and the tick will stick to the washcloth. Repeat if necessary.

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This is the safest and best way to remove a tick because there is no chance of part of the tick breaking away under the skin. I can't see where this could be harmful to anyone unless of course the person has an allergy to soap. I've had this tip saved for a while and had the opportunity to try it today on my husband. It worked perfect on the first try and he was more than impressed and grateful:)

Source: Received in an email from my friend Debbie who lives in Tallahassee, FL who said it came from a school nurse who learned it from a Pediatrician.

By Donna from Crystal River, FL

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May 28, 2014

I saw this on Facebook and tried it this morning. It works!

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June 22, 2010

I live in a woodsy area so when I'm working in the yard with plants or mowing and cleaning up, I do pick up a tick every so often. Most of the time people just pull them off and this results in a sore.

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May 9, 2012

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.

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Don't twist it, just pull straight out.

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May 9, 2011

The best way to remove a tick, use tweezers or a tick removal device and pull the tick off. Grab the tick as close to the head as possible. With steady, gentle pressure, pull the tick out of the skin.

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February 20, 2006

I need to know how to remove a tick. Do I just pull it out? My cat, Calvin, and I both thank you for the help.

fab4mom from Walker, LA

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By Living in the Woods (Guest Post)
February 20, 20060 found this helpful

While everything I have read suggests using tweezers to slowly pull the tick out while spinning it (as if unscrewing it), we have found it very helpful to drop a few drops of tick repellent on the tick first. Since pulling the tick out too quickly may cause the body to be removed while leaving the head in your pet (possibly causing infection), it is difficult to take the necessary time.

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The repellent encourages the tick to let go much more quickly. As none of the repellents from our veterinarian worked as a preventative on our labrador retriever due to our heavily wooded area, we have used Cloud 9 Herbal Dip, a natural product, for 6 years with great success. Sterilize the tweezers as well as the wound site afterwards. Alcohol works fine.

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By Robin (Guest Post)
February 20, 20060 found this helpful

I used to be a groomer and when I found ticks we smothered a cotton ball in alcohol and covered the tick with it for a second or two and then used tweezers to pull the tick off. Always use a "twisting" motion and pull gently. If they are stubborn about coming off, having another person hold the cotton ball over the tick while you are grasping with the tweezers and pulling, usually helps a lot.

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By Bobbie (Guest Post)
February 20, 20060 found this helpful

I foster dogs, we counted on 8 new dogs that came in, 56 ticks on all 8. We used a thick dish soap, like ajax, it suffocates them and is antibacterial for the wound.

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If it does not work I heard rubbing alcohol also works good.

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February 21, 20060 found this helpful

We always use alcohol. It makes them turn loose.

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By (Guest Post)
February 21, 20060 found this helpful

Our hospital emergency room removed ticks from a young woman's hair by coating the tick with KY Jelly. The tick let go immediately and was remved. Can also use Vasoline Petroleum Jelly.

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February 21, 20060 found this helpful

Ooh, don't pull it out - it'll break apart and leave its head in there (I know, it sounds gross.) Rubbing alcohol has always been the best method for us.

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By Need to know (Guest Post)
February 22, 20060 found this helpful

To the person 'living in the woods' where do you find 'Cloud 9 Herbal Dip'?

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March 9, 20060 found this helpful

Apply Tea Tree Oil to the live tick or leech and surrounding skin. Leave for 20 minutes. The tick may fall off. If not, remove it carefully (make certain no part of the tick is left in the skin).

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Continue applying the oil to the bite three times per day for up to seven days.

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September 20, 20060 found this helpful

According to Drs. Foster and Smith:

"To remove a tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers. To dislodge it, grab the tick by its head and pull directly outward. Cleanse the bite wound with an antiseptic and remember to wash your hands afterward."

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April 3, 2007

I found a tick on my dog. How do I safely remove it?

Thanks,
Lewis

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By Nancy (Guest Post)
April 3, 20070 found this helpful

I have tried, a cottonball with proxide (soaking cottonball) and place on tick.....Also Nail polish remover on cottonball, dabbing tic. till it starts to back out. also, If your quick, light a match, blow it out, and lay HOT match on tic. you may have to repeat afew times to get tic to come lose.

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Good luck. Also contact your Vet. he might have some better ideas

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April 4, 20070 found this helpful

We did the same. A lit cigerette and carefully placed it on the butt of the tick and it backed right out. You then have to practically smash them with a hammer to kill the dang things! I hate them. LOL

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By Robin (Guest Post)
April 4, 20070 found this helpful

I used to do dog grooming and I can assure you that here in Iowa ticks are a major problem, especially in the spring and summer months! The way I removed them was to soak a cotton ball in alcohol. Then, take a pair of tweezers and grab the back end of the tick. Then cover the end of the tweezers and the tick with the cotton ball. The alcohol will make them back up. You should use a gentle twisting motion as you pull them out because pulling straight out will cause the head to stay in if, perchance, the tick hasn't completely withdrawn it's head. Good luck!

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By Linda (Guest Post)
April 4, 20070 found this helpful

Using a match or anything hot risks burning your pet. Coat the tick with oil or vaseline. Wait a little while and the tick will suffocate. Then remove it with tweezers, being sure to get all of it-head especially.

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May 6, 2012

Someone had suggested putting some kind of lotion on the tick and it will back out. I can't remember what it was. Help!

By Anne

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May 28, 2007

What is the best way to remove a tick from a human?

Mary from Washington, MO

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May 28, 2010

Is there an easy way to remove ticks? I heard of one using cotton balls, but can't remember what the cotton ball was dipped in. Thanks and God bless.

By Joan from Lewes

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May 7, 2016

I need to know how to remove the head of a tick.


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April 10, 2012

What is the best way to remove a tick from a human when it has started to bury in?

By Barbara

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April 5, 2010

I am looking for a holistic tick remedy.

By lori

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