If bitten, remove the tick immediately.
To remove a tick attached to your skin, use fine forceps like tweezers. Do not use your fingers or nails because you could crush the tick and facilitate transmission of the Lyme disease-causing bacterium.
Grasp the tick with tweezers as close as possible to the skin. Avoid pressing on the insect’s abdomen since that increases the risk of transmitting the infection.
Pull off the tick gently but firmly, bit by bit, without twisting or crushing it. If the tick’s head remains stuck in your skin, you can then pull it out gently with tweezers. That part can no longer spread the disease.
Place the tick you removed from your skin in a tightly closed container, like an empty pill vial.
After removing the tick, clean your skin with soap and water, and wash your hands thoroughly.
Write down the date and place you were at when bitten. Also note what part of your body you were bitten on. This information could be useful if you go see a doctor.
If you have one or more Lyme disease symptoms 3 to 30 days after being bitten, contact Info-Santé 811 or see a doctor. Give the details of the bite as you noted them. If you go see a doctor, bring the tick with you in a sealed container. The doctor may decide to have it analysed.
If you have been bitten by a tick in particular areas of Estrie or Montérégie region:
To obtain information and recommendations regarding ticks on your pets, consult the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation website.
Last update: May 29, 2017 10:25 AM
The information on this website by no means replaces the advice of a health professional. If you have questions regarding your health, contact Info-Santé 811 or see a health professional.