Ticks are a small arachnid pest that live by feeding on the blood of mammals, birds and occasionally reptiles and amphibians. Ticks not only are a pest that feed off of the blood of other living creatures, but they also commonly carry diseases that they transfer to their host when they latch. When bit by a tick, it is best to not squish it.
Squishing the insect will cause the blood in their body to spread, which in turn spreads the diseases it is carrying. Remove a tick with tweezers and place in a container with rubbing alcohol and allow the tick to die. Once dead, tape the tick to an index card and write down when the tick bite occurred, where it occurred, and watch the individual or animal for unusual symptoms.