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Safety Nugget Week of June 12 - Ticks!< Back to Blog

Jun 12, 2017
By: J. Randall
Categories: Safety



My Facebook feed has had several posts recently about tick removal with essential oils.  To help sort fact from fiction, here is some more information.

Using Essential Oils to Remove ticks:

In a Podcast, Dr Neeta Connally, assistant professor of Biology at Western Connecticut State University, stated by using something like peppermint oil, you are agitating the tick and making it salivate more, which is how tick-borne illnesses are spread.  The CDC also suggestion avoiding “painting” ticks.   Here is what they recommend.

How to remove a tick

  1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.
  2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
  4. Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.

Avoid folklore remedies such as "painting" the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible–not waiting for it to detach.



If you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. Be sure to tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick.




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