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How to Remove a Tick Without Tweezers


lyme disease

What Lyme disease looks like under a slide.


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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AligirlP AligirlP

FLip upside down and then pull it off. Clean with alcohol or peroxide...

How many ticks are you saving? Isn't it just the tiny ones that really are known for carrying Lymes?

qtmomof2 qtmomof2

I've had several on me but have gotten them off before they started biting. We get them every Spring/Summer. I hate them! We are surrounded by the woods so I guess that is part of what we get for living out of the city.

mom2q... mom2queenie2004

We burn them with a match or flush them. I don't save them.

mom2q... mom2queenie2004

I burn them AFTER I remove them.

I thought I should clarify.

oldby... oldbynotagranny

I heard that if you put hydrogen peroxide on the head end of the tick it will back out due to lack of oxygen, I've have talked to people who said it worked. give it a try someone and give me your opinion. It does makes sense with the bubbles that stuff makes. Would be a lot less hassle and the head would be all the way out.

My2J.... My2J.A.P.s

*shudders*  Don't even want to think about it.  Ticks completely freak me out!

Melbornj Melbornj

We always used nail polish to suffocate them but it is the same concept.

Mysti... MysticMom0962

 One way to have less ticks around your house/outside (if u live in a rural area) is to have plenty of guinnes.  We only have 4 but would love to have about a dozen more !  They eat all sorts of bugs but they definately lessen the ticks around the house too. Also they kill snakes and moles and anything else thats small enuf. and they know doesn't belong in Thier yard. lol...

 Aside from the tweezers method...I've been told to apply Vicks vapor rub to the tick. It works basically the same as the method (above) w/peroxide. It smothers them-no air, and they let go.  Best of luck everyone.

Magno... MagnoliaQueen

Yeah, I've heard vegetable oil for suffocation, or put the tip of a blown out match-head on their butt.  That one is not always successful.

michaux michaux

the one problem with the suffocation method is that the tick throws up while it is still attached to you any bad stuff is now in your bloodstream.....

I just grab the tick with a pair of tweezers and pull it out..clean the site well and watch for infection...a bullseye usually means lymes  and you need antibiotics for that.

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