This picture features American dig ticks (Dermacentor variablis) and black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapularis). To the right of the postage stamp is two stages of the black-legged tick. They are a female (largest) and male (intermediate). The two small specimens on the stamp itself are nymphal black-legged ticks. The two ticks to the left are male and female American dog ticks. Photo by Jim Occi.
To Remove a Tick:
Do Not Use Your Fingers!Use a pair of tweezers, or something similar, that will gently grip the head of the tick, then slowly pull it straight out.
Do Not jerk or twist.
Do not apply anything like alcohol or a hot match to try to make the tick back out. This does not work and in fact, may cause the tick to release even more bacteria into the bloodstream of it's victim.
After removing the tick put it in a jar with a little alcohol and this will kill it. Have a container ready when you remove the tick so as to not drop it. Some ticks are very tiny and would be nearly impossible to find in carpet. Just look at the ones in the picture, on a postage stamp!
As a precaution, it's a good idea to apply a triple antibiotic cream to the area of the bite. A small bump will remain at the bite site for several weeks and may even leave a scar. Ticks carry bacteria and serious diseases like lime disease. Should the site become swollen, or infected see your doctor right away.
Especially in the spring, after working outside, it's a good idea to check your entire body for ticks. Give your dog a good going over and remove any ticks you find.
Information Source Drs. Foster and Smith: