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5 1 Tick Myths! [Debunked] The only tick disease you need to worry about is Lyme disease. One tick can carry multiple pathogens. It is entirely possible to be infected with more than one of these diseases all from the same tick bite! And, it’s important to know that not all of these diseases are treated with the same antibiotic. 2 The best way to remove a tick is with Vaseline and a lit match. The best way to remove a tick is to grab it as close to the head as possible, with very pointy tweezers, and pull up with a slow and steady motion. Even if part of the head stays embedded in the skin, that’s okay, it will eventually work its way out. 4 You don’t have to worry about ticks after the first hard frost. 3 You will develop a rash if you’ve been infected by a tick. Less than half of people who’ve been infected with Lyme Disease show the bull’s- eye rash. You could also be infected with a different tick borne disease that does not result in a rash. 5 When I come in from outdoors I throw my clothes into the washing machine to kill the ticks. Ticks are still active in the winter! Even if they freeze they are not dead. They become active again when the temperature is above 32ºF and there is no snow to insulate them. Actually, put your clothes in the dryer first, on high heat for about 15 minutes. Ticks can survive in the washing machine, and in the hamper. High heat causes ticks to dry up and that’s the best way to kill them. Get the facts about ticks! So you know how to protect yourself. Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center Visit EastEndTickResource.org or call our help line at (631) 726-TICK. Stony Brook University/SUNY is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.