Tick Alert ~ they’re getting closer!
Are you aware of these tiny bugs? If you spend time out of doors in the UK then you need to be aware of them. This applies particularly to off-road trail riders and cycle campers since ticks are just sitting on their blade of grass, or whatever, waiting to be brushed against by your leg or whatever dislodges them. They’ll then home in on your flesh and proceed to suck blood out of you. If this isn’t bad enough, then learn this – ticks can carry several diseases: in the UK, the worst at the moment is called Lyme’s Disease. However, lurking in European woods and pastures is the tick carrying Encephalitis. This serious, often deadly, virus is so common in parts of Eastern Europe that in Austria, for example, almost the whole rural population is vaccinated against the illness as a matter of course. So please don’t ignore this but find out more about avoiding ticks here http://www.tickbitepreventionweek.org/
TOP TEN TICK FACTS
• Ticks are most abundant from April to October (although bites can occur
year round) and are most prevalent in rural locations such as forests,
woods and grassland, but can be active in urban parklands and gardens.
• Ticks are arachnids which are closely related to spiders and can be as
small as a poppy seed.
• Ticks bite animals and humans to feed on blood they need to stay alive.
• Tick saliva contains an anaesthetic which means you don’t feel the bite.
• Some ticks can live up to a year without a meal.
• Ticks don’t fly or jump. Instead, they drop from low vegetation or climb on
as an animal or person brushes by the plants they are resting on.
• Ticks like warm places on the body like the groin, armpits and scalp. The
back of the knee, waist and buttocks are also favourite blood-sucking
• A female tick can lay up to 3,000 eggs at a time.
• There are over 20 tick species in the UK and over 800 worldwide.
• Ticks can carry and transmit more than one disease simultaneously.