|Not an Adder, I just couldn't resist showing off one of my mates|
Now I know this is going to start an argument as some say pull and some say twist. I am in the twist group here as I have learnt from experience. If you have one, use a tick removal tool, if you don't have one, I'll sell you one ;o) failing that most pet shops and campng or outdoor clothing shops sell them. Grab the tick as close to the skin as possible and gently twist the little critter out. Making sure you get it all and don't leave any mouth parts behind.
- DO cleanse the bite site and the tweezers with antiseptic after removing the tick.
- DO wash your hands afterwards.
- DO save the tick if possible, or take a photo of it in case you develop symptoms later*.
- DO NOT squeeze the body of the tick., as this may inject its stomach contents into the wound.
- DO NOT use your fingernails to remove a tick. Infection can enter via any breaks in your skin.
- DO NOT try to burn the tick off, use Vaseline to shift it, or use nail polish or any other chemical. these methods can cause the tick to regurgitate, or release saliva, the last thing you want, when it's mouth is buried in your skin.