Remove attached ticks properly and
promptly. Use fine tipped tweezers. Do NOT use
Vaseline or a match. Grasp the head of tick as
close to your skin as possible and pull the tick
straight outward with a slow steady pressure.
Do not squeeze or crush the tick’s body,
or twist and jerk as you are pulling, as this
can cause the tick's mouth parts to remain in
the skin, or allow infected fluids to enter the
wound. Consult your physician.
The deer tick attaches to the victim’s
skin without being noticed. The tick injects an
anesthetizing (DC: is this correct?) chemical
at the site that makes it easier to avoid detection.
The tick then bites the skin to obtain a blood
meal. It is very important to remove the tick
immediately. The mouthparts may remain after removing
a tick. Entomologists have reported the mouthparts
will work their way out over time. I generally
remove the mouthparts if someone is in the office.