please read completely before useing info or jumping to conclusions thanks i recieved this email today and thought wow this is great something easy and safe for getting rid of these nasty critters that occasionally find there way on us at the lakes and in the woods and fields Easy Tick Removal A School Nurse has written the info below -- good enough to share-- And it really works!! I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great , because it works in those places where it's some times difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc. Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20),the tick will come out on it's own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I've used it (and that was frequently), and it's much less traumatic for the patient and eas ier for me. Unless s omeone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor's wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn't reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, "It worked!" Please pass on >>>> everyone needs this helpful hint. well not true as you will see when you read the following . as usual its best to thouroughly check out an email item before you assume it to be true even something as seemingly helpful can turn out to be bad for you. Use latex exam gloves to examine your pet for ticks. Examine using good lighting. Check your pet daily for ticks by thoroughly feeling for any lumps under the hair. Pay close attention to ears, around face, eyes, legs, and belly. Ticks will range in size from the size of a sesame seed to the size of a fingernail (engorged). When is tick is found embedded in the skin, use a fine pointed tweezers at the point of attachment, and grasp firmly. Remember to wear latex gloves when doing this. Using slow, steady, and firm traction, pull the tick straight out from the skin. Cleanse the skin with mild soap and water. If part of the tick breaks off, you can try to remove it as you would a splinter, but it is probably best to leave it alone. The body will 'eject' it in time. Place the tick in a jar of alcohol, noting the date, in case of future illness. Tick identification and location of tick infestation will be important. Tips: Do NOT use a match or caustic materials to try to smother the tick or get the tick to 'back out'. This doesn't work, and may be causing the tick to regurgitate more saliva (and potential pathogens) into the skin. Talk to your vet about effective tick control (spray, powder, spot-on, or collar) for your pet. Check pet daily, especially in the spring when ticks are most common.