Ticks can attach to any part of the human body but prefer body creases
and areas with hair such as the groin, armpits, sock line and scalp.
To remove attached ticks, use the following procedure:
1. Using fine-tipped tweezers, grasp the tick by the head as close to the
skin as possible then gently, but firmly, pull it straight out. Do not twist
or jerk the tick, apply petroleum jelly, a hot match, or other irritants.
This can lead to infection because the tick's mouth parts may remain
embedded, or you may be burned. Use your fingernails and tissue
paper if tweezers are not available.
2. Immediately wash the bite area and your hands with soap and water
then apply an antiseptic to the bite wound.
3. If in doubt of tick identification, place the tick in a small vial containing
a damp piece of tissue and submit it to your local health department