This article is from the Lyme Disease
FAQ, by Milo7
The Lyme Disease Foundation recommends these steps:
To remove a tick properly:
* Use fine-point tweezers to grasp the tick at the place of
attachment--as close to the skin as possible.
* Gently pull the tick straight out. Do not twist or squeeze it as you
pull it out.
* Place the tick along with a blade of grass or slightly dampened
cotton ball in a small vial labeled with the person's name, address,
and the date.
* Have the tick identified and/or tested by a lab, health department,
physician or veterinarian, if available.
* Wash your hands and disinfect the tweezers. Disinfect the site of
the bite as well.
* Call your doctor to determine if treatment is indicated.
* Children must be told to seek adult help for tick removal.
* If you must remove the tick with your fingers, use a tissue or a
leaf to avoid direct contact with the infected tick fluids.
* Do not prick, crush, squeeze, or burn the tick, as it may release
infected fluids or tissue.
* Don't try to smother the tick (e.g. petroleum jelly, nail polish) as
the tick has enough oxygen to complete feeding.
* If you wish to dispose of the tick, carefully fold it, sealed up,
into a single piece of scotch tape and throw out.