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How to safely remove a tick

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  • A tick may take anywhere from a few minutes to 36 hours to transmit diseases to humans, so it’s important that you remove it as soon as you find out you’ve been bitten by one
  • There are several tick-removal tools available in the market, such as tick tweezers, tick-removal cards and hook-like instruments. But if you don’t have any of these tools on hand, normal fine-tipped tweezers will work just fine
  • You can lower your risk for tick bites by repelling these parasites using essential oils, diatomaceous earth and garlic

Often mistaken for insects, ticks are small, eight-legged parasites that belong to the arachnid family, along with spiders, scorpions and mites. They survive solely by feeding on the blood of their host. They're known to be resilient, with records suggesting that they existed 65 to 146 million years ago.

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