Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Tick awareness

With the recent warmer weather, ticks are becoming active and looking for a feed.
It's important to be aware that they are widespread on the moors and adjacent areas, especially in places with lots of bracken.
Ticks can carry infectious disease e.g. Lymes disease which is quite serious.
This site gives practical advice about minimising the risk of being bitten and the best way to remove them.
(scroll down to Defence Pages)

In particular do not apply any sort of chemical to the tick as this is unlikely to make it fall off and it will probably regurgitate stomach contents into victim.
Use tweezers or a special tool to remove it without squeezing the body.

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