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How to Get a Tick to Let Go

By Mary Ylisela
Ticks are found in outdoor areas such as the woods.

Though considered to be an insect, ticks are actually part of the arachnid family, like spiders. Ticks crawl from wherever they are outdoors onto an animal or human host. Ticks attach themselves to their host and suck blood as their food source. This process can last for several days. Since ticks often carry disease, it's important to remove them from the host as soon as possible after they attach themselves.

Tweezers effectively remove a tick without you having to touch it with your bare hands.

Grasp the tweezers in your hand and clamp the tips of the tweezers around the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull the tick out of the skin, keeping the tweezers straight the entire time.

Drop the tick into a bowl of soapy water to kill it, then dispose of the tick by flushing it down the toilet.

Squirt some liquid soap onto a clean washcloth and cleanse the area where the tick was removed. Rinse with water and pat dry with a clean towel. Also wash your hands to ensure no secretions from the tick are left on your hands.

Dab antiseptic cream on the site where the tick was attached.


Things You Will Need

  • Tweezers
  • Bowl
  • Liquid soap
  • Washcloth
  • Clean towel
  • Antiseptic cream


  • Wear protective clothing when going through the woods or areas known to have ticks. Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt, a head covering and sturdy boots or shoes. Tuck your pants into your socks.
  • Use an insect repellent with 10 to 30 percent DEET. Spray the repellent all over your clothing and apply to your skin in small amounts.
  • Stay on trails and walk in the middle of the trail so ticks don't have the opportunity to crawl onto you as you brush past tree or bush branches.


  • Avoid sitting on the ground where ticks can crawl onto you.
  • If you become ill, have a fever and can't attribute your illness to catching a virus from a family member or friend and continue to be ill, see a doctor to rule out any diseases passed on from ticks.

About the Author


Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.