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Safely Removing Ticks from Clothing with a Dryer

Tick bites can be concerning due to the potential transmission of diseases. Safely removing ticks from clothing is an essential part of the tick removal process. Using a dryer is one method to help remove ticks from clothing effectively and safely. Here's how to do it:

1. Inspect Clothing

After spending time in tick-prone areas carefully inspect your clothing for ticks. Ticks may attach themselves to fabric and can often be found on exposed areas like cuffs collars and pants legs.

2. Remove Clothing

Remove the clothing that may have ticks on it. Be cautious not to brush against the clothing too much to prevent ticks from latching onto your skin.

3. Shake and Brush

Take the clothing outside if possible and give it a good shake to dislodge any loose ticks. Use a lint roller or a stiff brush to remove ticks that are not yet attached to the fabric. This step helps reduce the number of ticks in your clothing before using the dryer.

4. Dry on High Heat

Place the clothing in a dryer and set it to the highest heat setting that is safe for the fabrics. Ticks are sensitive to heat and this will help kill them. Run the dryer for at least 15 minutes to ensure that any ticks on the clothing are thoroughly exposed to the heat.

5. Check Clothing

After the drying cycle inspect the clothing for any remaining ticks. If you find ticks remove them using fine-tipped tweezers grasping the tick as close to the skin as possible and pulling it gently and steadily. Disinfect the area and wash your hands thoroughly.

6. Launder Clothing

Wash the clothing as you normally would to remove any tick residue. Use hot water and a high-temperature dryer setting to further eliminate any remaining ticks or eggs. This is especially important if you found attached ticks on the clothing after the initial drying cycle.


Using a dryer to safely remove ticks from clothing is an effective method to minimize the risk of tick-borne diseases. By following these steps you can reduce the chances of ticks remaining on your clothing and ensure that you handle them safely. Always be vigilant when spending time in tick-prone areas and conduct regular tick checks to protect your health.

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