St Louis Pest Control Blog

How To Remove A Tick Safely

Have you ever had a tick on / in your body?  Most people have had a least one at some point in their lives.  Did you know there is a right way and a lot of wrong ways to remove it?  Unfortunately for me, my parents only knew the wrong  way to remove the tick (which they thought was to correct way – as do a lot of people).  But luckily, it never caused me to have any serious issues like the ones I getting ready to tell you about right now.

The correct way to remove a tick is pinch it softly between a pair of tweezers and to pull outward. Try not to squeeze the tick too hard as you may force the fluids within the tick to be pushed out of its body and back into yours.  Do not do this too quickly though, if you pull to hard or too fast you detach the ticks head and leave it buried into the skin which can cause you to have a bad reaction.  The correct way is to apply steady pressure outward until the tick releases it hold and pops out whole.  This process could take several minutes.  Once the tick is removed, smoother it with cotton ball wet with rubbing alcohol to kill it.  You can then freeze tick in the freezer just in case the person gets sick you still have the tick for the Doctor to check it and make sure it did not carry any diseases like Lyme.

Now let’s cover a few don’ts.

  1. Do not try to burn it out with a hot match.  This can cause the tick to regurgitate into body while it is still attached sending bacteria into your system.
  2. Do not smoother it with nail polish as it may cause the tick to try and dig deeper into your body.  If this happens it may be difficult to remove everything cleanly out.

Check out these links for more helpful tips.


Youtube  instructional video on how to remove

Of course the best way to prevent this is to not get a tick in the first place.  Our mosquito / tick service program does a great job of treating all of the potential harborage areas around your house and yard, and lets you enjoy your yard all summer long.  We apply a microscopic layer of material to all of the leafy surfaces that mosquitoes and ticks will hide during the day.  This in turn will greatly reduce the number that are available to bite you later in the day when you go outside.

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding these pests at 636-343-7900 or go to for more information regarding our service options.


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