You’ve been bit by a tick if the tick is attached to your skin. You may not “feel” it, like other bug bites.
Here’s what to do:
- To remove the tick, use fine-tipped tweezers.
- Grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible and pull upward with steady, even force. If the tick breaks in half, try to remove its mouth from the skin.
- If you can’t, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
- Clean the bite area and your hands thoroughly.
- Continue to check the bite area for several weeks; if you develop flu-like symptoms or a rash, see a doctor.
Tick Removal Printable Flyer (PDF, 225 KB)
Does the tick carry disease?
If you remove a tick from a person or a pet, you can submit it to be tested for pathogens, which carry diseases. If you need to test the tick for tick-borne diseases, save the tick in a small, plastic bag. Log on to www.tickreport.com and follow the mailing instructions.