*Grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and pull upward with a steady, even pressure.
*Do not twist or jerk the tick because this may cause the mouth parts to detach and remain in the skin.
*You should pull firmly enough to lift up the skin.
Hold this tension for 3 to 4 minutes and the tick will back out.
*DO NOT squeeze, crush, or puncture the body of the tick because its fluids may contain bacteria. Immediately dispose of the tick. If you have any concerns, put the tick in a plastic bag and freeze it. If you get sick you can take the dead tick with you when you see your provider.
*Immediately wash your hands and the affected area with soap and water.