How to Remove a Tick Without Tweezers

Cynthia Dermody
Healthy Living


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My kids have already had a few ticks this season, and while all the screaming and writhing makes the job more challenging, I'm usually able to gently extract the little sucker from my kiddos' skin without too much trouble using the standard tweezers method.

If you need a refresher before tick season kicks in full force, click for a step-by-step visual guide to removing a tick with tweezers.

That solves the problem for your kids, but what if the tick is on you?! And what if it's on your head, your back, or some other hard to reach spot and your SO isn't around?

TLozier in The CafeMom Newcomer's Club found a great tip to try, courtesy of a school nurse.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20). The tick will come out on its own and stick to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

You may still need to resort to the tweezers or ask someone for help if this doesn't work, but it's worth a try.


Just make sure you follow the proper steps to keep the intact tick for Lyme disease testing should it come to that. Place the live tick in alcohol, which will both kill it and preserve it for testing.

How many ticks have you and your family had so far this spring? How do you remove them?

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