(Sorry it’s hard to see, that was as close as my camera would focus.)
So, I was washing Jada’s hair and found a tick stuck fast at her hairline. I’ve heard lots of different methods for removing a tick, and I remember my dad used to always light a match and stick it to the butt of the tick whenever I got them as a kid, but I wanted to make sure that I removed it the BEST way.
I’ve heard that if you burn the tick, or upset it while trying to remove it, it could regurgitate saliva and blood back into where it’s biting, which would easily spread Lyme Disease (among other diseases) if it has it. I didn’t want to take a chance.
After doing some reading, I decided to just pull the tick straight out as this is actually the recommended method of removal. I used alcohol to clean a pair of sharp tweezers, then my husband lifted the tick up with them, got the head of the tick in the tweezers, and quickly pulled it straight out.
A tiny piece of her scalp was still attached to it’s mouth, so we know we got the whole thing. When I was growing up, I was always told that a tick will grow a new body if you don’t remove the head when you pull it off (this has since been proven to be a myth). Still, you do want to make sure you pull it out as close to the skin as possible so that you don’t leave the head burrowed beneath the skin.
I cleaned the bite with rubbing alcohol, and flushed the little critter down the toilet. Don’t ever try to squish a tick, as it could spread disease. Just flush it.
Jada was a trooper, and was more interested in examining the tick than worrying about us removing it. She had been following the goats into the woods earlier, I’m sure that’s how she got it.
I’ve been diligently checking the kids for ticks every day now.
Do you have a favorite way to remove a tick?