When the cotton swab method works, you save pain and hassle, but it’s not guaranteed to work all the time. And since you’ll want to remove any ticks from your body within 36 hours, there’s a CDC-recommended way you can try to safely remove a tick.
Grab some pointed tweezers and get as close to the skin’s surface and the tick’s body as possible. Grasp onto the tick and pull up firmly. A tick can embed itself firmly into the skin, so you must commit when you pull it out. Grip the tweezers firmly to ensure they don’t slip off the tick’s body. The quicker you remove the tick, the faster the ordeal will end. If any parts of the tick are left on your skin, try to remove them with the tweezers; otherwise, just leave them in and let the skin heal.
The battle doesn’t end with getting the tick out, though. It’s essential to clean and disinfect the area with soap or rubbing alcohol to ensure that germs don’t get into the wound. The CDC also recommends disposing of live ticks in alcohol, bagging them up, or flushing them down the toilet. Don’t crush them.