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.