Ticks are one of the less fortunate signs of summer. The key to safe tick removal is speed. Remove the tick as soon as possible after it latches on. Grab it as close to the skin as possible with a pair of tweezers and jerk straight up. If part of the head remains, use the tweezers to remove it, if possible. Don’t dig around, however, creating an injury. Clean the bite site with alcohol or soap and water. Don’t squash the tick with your fingers. Instead, drown it in alcohol, stick it to a piece of tape or flush it down the toilet. If a rash or fever appears within a few weeks of the bite, see your healthcare provider. You may have contracted a tick-born disease that requires further treatment.