Since it is that time of year....
I just found this article in a vet supply catalog, thought I would share the info.
1.) Use a pair of fine tipped tweezers. Do not use bare fingers.
2.) Carefully grab the tick by the head right where they enter the skin.
Do not grasp by the body, this can crush the body and force bacteria
into the bloodstream.
3.) Pull directly outwards, do not jerk or twist as your pulling.
4.) Do not use petroleum jelly or alcohol on the tick. These methods will not cause the tick to back out. Instead those irritants may cause the tick to deposit more disease carrying saliva in to the wound.
5.) After removing the tick place it in alcohol to kill it. Do not crush the tick, the contents may contain disease.
6.) Do not worry about the tick head staying in, it rarely happens.
7.) Clean the wound with a disinfectant.
8.) Wash hands.
A hydrocortisone may be applied if a skin reaction occurs.
I always twisted ticks out and smooshed them...whoops...lol
Learn something new everyday.