Tick Removal Read this, it could save you from some major problems. This is great because it works in those places where it is sometimes difficult to come up with tweezers. Apply a dollop of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and dab it a few seconds (15-20), the tick will spontaneously detach themselves and stick to the cotton when you take away the prop. This technique has worked every time. Pass this on to anyone who needs this handy tip.