Avoidance of tick bites is the best option.

This involves “dressing for the occasion” (see and download our pamphlet “Preventing and Managing Tick Bites”) and the use of repellents.

If you are bitten by a tick, kill the tick where it is:

For small ticks (larvae and nymphs), use permethrin cream (available at pharmacies) &

For adult ticks, freeze them with an ether-containing spray (available at pharmacies).

Wait for the tick to drop off or remove it taking the utmost care to not compress the tick (as this will squirt allergen, toxin and possibly infection into you).

And remember, household tweezers are tick squeezers!