I took the kids and one of my dogs for a walk on the greeway earlier today, and we came back with a few hitchhikers. Ticks. I found, like, 5 on my daughter and one on my dog. Strange that she’d rack up more ticks than my dog, but whatever. I immediately thought back to a friend who had posted on Facebook that her son had a tick on him, and she was worried about pulling it out the regular tweezer way.
One of her other friends suggested putting liquid soap on the tick, then just swiping it away with a paper towel. My friend tried it and it worked like a charm. I had not seen this method before. Keep in mind that the ways our parents and grandparents have used to remove ticks may be dangerous, such as holding a match to the tick (possibility of burns), covering the tick in petroleum jelly or nail polish (causes the tick to spit bacteria back into the wound- ick).
If the liquid soap method doesn’t work, just use a pair of tweezers to gently pull the tick off the person. If tick mouth pieces remain, wash the area with soap and water and put a little alcohol on the area to disinfect.
If you’re concerned about whether you had the kind of ticks that carry Lyme disease (deer ticks), here’s a handy set of pictures to compare. In my case, it was the right sort of ticks, so we’ll be watching carefully to see if any symptoms develop.
Ugh, ticks. I feel all creepy-crawly just thinking about it. Anybody else have bug-hypochondria with me? (Where if any sorts of bugs that are creepy-crawly are even MENTIONED, you get itchy and your skin starts to crawl…I say, scratching my ankle.)