Tick check wallet card: How to check for ticks

Alternative formats for Indigenous communities

Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada

Date published: July 2019

Do a daily tick check

When you return from outdoor activities, check your entire body, especially:

  • head and hair
  • in and around the ears
  • under the arms
  • back (use a mirror or ask for help)
  • waist
  • belly button
  • around the groin
  • legs
  • behind the knees
  • between the toes

Don't forget to also check your pets!

How to remove a tick

  1. Use tweezers to slowly pull it straight out.
  2. Wash the skin with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  3. Contact your health care provider if you are not feeling well.

For more information, including detailed tick removal steps, visit Canada.ca/LymeDisease.

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