How to Remove a Tick: Minnesota Department of Health Know-How

How to Remove a Tick: Minnesota Department of Health Know-How


Removing ticks as soon as possible is very
important. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, human anaplasmosis, babesiosis and other diseases.
Removing the tick as soon as possible will reduce the risk of disease. If you find a
tick on your body you can remove it with tweezers or your fingers.
If the tick is attached to you, grasp the tick at the head close to the skin and pull
out slowly and steadily. After removing the tick, clean the area with rubbing alcohol
or soap and water. If the head or mouth parts break off while you are removing the tick,
don’t worry. These parts will work their way out of the skin in a week or so and will not
increase your risk of disease. Watch yourself for signs of tickborne disease over the next
several weeks and contact your doctor if you develop a rash, fever, or other symptoms of
concern. You can save the tick in a plastic baggie and bring it with you to your doctor
to help them understand the type of tickborne disease you are at risk for. Remember, the
most important thing is to remove the tick as soon as possible to reduce your risk of
disease.