Tick season: What you need to know about ticks, diseases they cause and how to remove them safely

Olde Hornet

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How do I remove a tick?
If you find a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp it by the head as close to the skin as possible. Gently pull the tick upward, making sure not to twist or squeeze it. If you're uncomfortable removing the tick yourself, seek medical attention.

There are a lot of folk remedies for tick bites — petroleum jelly, nail polish and a burning match — but they can actually be pretty dangerous. Burning a tick off can even increase your chances of getting a tickborne illness.

After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. The CDC recommends disposing of a live tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet.