How to Remove Seed Ticks and Chiggers

Updated February 21, 2017

Ticks and chiggers are arachnids, not insects. Both chiggers and ticks are attracted to humans and animals. Seed ticks, like all ticks, will bite onto the skin, in any location, and ingest your blood. Chiggers bite onto the skin at a hair follicle and inject their saliva into the skin to help break down skin cells so that they may ingest them. Removing both ticks and chiggers as soon as possible is important. The longer either arachnid stays on the skin, the more likely an infection or serious illness may occur to both humans and animals.

Locate the Seed tick and ensure you have a clear view of the tick's body.

Line up your tweezers around the base of the tick's head. The head will be against the skin.

Squeeze the tweezers to close them around the tick's head once you have a secure grasp on the tick.

Pull back with the tweezers clenched, slowly, until you have removed the tick from the skin.

Clean the area of the skin to prevent an infection. Use rubbing alcohol to disinfect the area and then apply an antibiotic ointment to prevent an infection.

Remove all articles of clothing from your body.

Adjust your shower to a warm or hot temperature if you prefer a hot shower. The water should not scald you but it must be warm to be effective.

Wash your entire body with soap and rinse with warm water.

Repeat Step 3 to ensure that you have covered your entire body with soap and water. Chiggers will release their bite with the combination of warm water and soap.


Save the ticks in a glass jar with rubbing alcohol if you are unsure of what kind of tick it is in case you fall ill.

Things You'll Need

  • Tweezers
  • Body soap
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Based in Columbus, Ga., Ashley Hay has been covering animal health and wellness since 2004, and arts and entertainment since 2008. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in psychology from the University of Central Florida.