Deer Tick
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Tick

If you get bitten by one of these nasties, here's what to do

Ticks

To remove a tick, first spray it with bug repellent, which will cause it to relax its grip. Then take a pair of tweezers and, without squeezing the tick, reach beneath the body and gently pull it out.

Leeches

To remove a leech, first slide your thumbnail around where the sucking mouthpart is attached to your skin and break the seal. Then grab hold of the fatter end of the leech and gently pull. This will raise the skin around the point of attachment. Now, keep sliding your thumbnail around the mouthpart until you can pry the leech off.

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