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Correctly Remove Ticks

Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick. Thoroughly clean bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, iodine scrub, or soap and water.
Once removed, dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.