Paraphyletic

Medicine and human biology

It’s a myth that you need to do something special when removing ticks.

Most of the time, gentle tweezer-ing is enough. You want to push the end of the (blunt-ended) tweezers as far down as you can, so as to get the bug’s head, and without crushing the bug, pull it out.

If you live in an area with Lyme disease, you may want to put the tick in a sealable plastic bag for later examination.

Ticks have two body segments. So if you only see one between the tweezers, you may need to go back in, or else head to a clinic.

After removing the tick, keep the area disinfected until the scab covers the entire wound.

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    Fun fact
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