If you do find a tick attached to someone—DO NOT PANIC. Removing a tick well takes a cool head and a steady hand. Use fine, pointed tweezers and grasp the tick below the body, around the mouthparts, as close to the skin as possible and pull steadily, straight up and out. Do not twist the tick. It will come out with a “POP”. Wash the wound well. Let your doctor know.
- Put any soaps, ointments (Vaseline), alcohol, or heat on the tick
- Squeeze the body of the tick
Removing a tick intact reduces the chance of transmitting any infection the tick may carry.
- Place the tick in a baggie noting the date of removal for identification or testing at a later time
- Mark the bite area
- If there is a rash already, draw a pen mark around the outer edge
- Mark you calendar
- Report any illness or rashes to your doctor
If you find a tick crawling around or attached to an animal and don’t need the tick for further testing, we encourage you to send your tick to the Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) for identification, state of engorgement, and to be counted on the state of Maine map. (See below.)
The tick submission form for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for tick identification-not tick disease testing is here.