Removing Ticks

How NOT to Remove Ticks

Improper tick removal may increase your risk of developing AGS and tick-borne diseases. 

  • Do NOT agitate ticks or squeeze their abdomens; this may cause them to eject saliva into the bite site.
  • Do NOT burn ticks with a hot match.
  • Do NOT cover ticks with petroleum jelly, nail polish, alcohol, gasoline, or essential oils.
  • Do NOT use your bare fingers to remove ticks.
  • Do NOT twist the body of the tick.

    The Right Way to Remove Ticks–Instructions from the CDC