It’s the time of year when you’re likely to pick up a few ticks if you’re in a wooded area.

Ticks are carriers of diseases and should be handled properly when removing. Using a cotton swab to remove ticks will remove the entire tick, head and all. This will prevent you from receiving one of many tick-borne diseases. Watch this video to see how it’s done.

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Jason Houser is an avid traditional bowhunter from Central Illinois who killed his first deer when he was nine years old. A full-time freelance writer since 2008, he has written for numerous national hunting magazines. Jason has hunted big game in 12 states with his bow, but his love will always be white-tailed deer and turkeys. He considers himself lucky to have a job he loves and a family who shares his passion for the outdoors. Jason writes full time and is on the pro staff of two archery companies; in his free time, he fishes and traps as much as possible.