Removing a Tick After a Bite

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.

Steps for removing a tick

  1. Removing a tick.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.

  2. 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.

  3. Place the tick you removed from your skin in a tightly closed container, like an empty pill vial, and keep it in the refrigerator. The tick could be useful if you go see a doctor..

  4. After removing the tick, clean your skin with soap and water, and wash your hands thoroughly.

Recommendations after removing the tick

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:

  • Once you have removed the tick, call Info-Santé 811. A nurse will advise you whether or not you should see a doctor. Depending on evaluation of the situation, a preventive antibiotic could be prescribed.
  • If you see a doctor, bring the tick with you.

Removing a Tick from an Animal and Recommendations

To obtain information and recommendations regarding ticks on your pets, consult the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation Ce lien ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre. website.

Last update: December 11, 2017 8:07 AM

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