Old wives tales to get rid of ticks, such as using a hot match or applying petroleum jelly or liquid soap, simply don’t work. You need to pull the tick straight out with tweezers. Don’t twist it or its mouth will separate and stay in the skin. But if this does happen, use tweezers to remove it.
Don’t squash the tick; instead, put it in a sealable bag with the date of the removal. Keep it in case you get sick and need to take it to a doctor to be analyzed. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is the primary illness you can get. To prevent ticks, apply Deet, wear light-colored clothing and tuck your pant legs into your socks.