The linked films are quite good--the first one somewhat overstates the risks--the second one combines an eye-catching horror movie intro followed by a calm and informed discussion of ticks and Lyme disease. The physician in that second film recommends fine tweezers for tick removal rather than the Tir-Tic....for home use, I'd recommend the Tir-Tic, since most tweezers are a bit too coarse to avoid crushing the tick, which one doesn't want. If you do use tweezers, make real sure the tick is grasped as high up on its "neck" as possible.
I've personally been pestered by two ticks in the past month (tho I'm still in California, where the ticks are different species, but with similar characteristics). I've been bitten enough that I've developed an almost immediate bee-sting type reaction, useful for its warning and quite uncomfortable. Although these stings cause me noticeable local swelling and redness, they're not the more delayed skin reaction associated with Lyme disease, which is rarely itchy, and typically not painful--have an expert look at it if you're unsure.