SMALL BITE – BIG THREAT
If you spend time outdoors or have pets that go outdoors, you need to beware of ticks. Ticks are small bloodsucking parasites. Many species transmit diseases to animals and people. Some of the diseases you can get from a tick bite are Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia.
SOME FACTS TO BE TICK AWARE
1. Ticks are related to spiders and have six legs to begin with but as they develop they grow a further 2two legs.
2. Ticks live as long as three years.
3. They cannot jump or fly but they can attach themselves to animals or people as they brush past something the tick is on.
4. They like to feed on the blood of animals including people.
5. They can be found in woods & fields and sometimes in parks & gardens in towns where there is wildlife.
6. Ticks can be found all year, but tend to be more active between spring & autumn when it’s warmer.
7. Ticks are very small and their bite is not painful so you may not realize you have one attached to your skin.
8. Ticks may carry an infection. This can be passed on to you if the tick bites you.
9. If the tick is removed within 24 hours you are less likely to get an infection.
10. There are over twenty types of ticks in the UK and over 800 worldwide.