7. Dispose of ticks safely

Once you have removed a tick, you may want to show it to a doctor or vet if the person or animal it was attached to becomes ill. Being certain that a tick bite has occurred can help the doctor or vet to make a diagnosis. As it can take some time for symptoms to appear, the best way to keep a tick is in a plastic zip-lock bag (with a note of the date it was removed written in pencil) and place it in the freezer.

The best way to dispose of a tick is to place it in a tissue and squash it. Then flush the tissue away or dispose of it in the dustbin. Do not handle a tick with bare hands as certain organisms in the tick’s saliva or gut contents may enter through breaks in the skin, or the mucous membranes of your eyes, nose, or mouth if you touch them. Do not release a tick once it has been removed as it may survive to lay lots of eggs or bite another person or animal.