Ticks have been with us for years and it’s worth reminding those who love the wild places about them. I have known of several well known mountaineers who have been severely effected by ticks. It’s well worth reminding yourself and others about ticks. This article is from Mountaineering Scotland .
Tick Bite Prevention Week takes place in March each year. Ticks are small bloodsucking parasites that can carry a whole host of dangerous diseases diseases that can be transmitted to pets and humans. Prevention is the best way to protect your pets and yourself against tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease.
A few facts about ticks…Ticks are active and looking for something to feed on (you and your pet) as soon as the temperature hits 4C.
Ticks transmit Lyme Disease and many other very serious and deadly illnesses.
Ticks can be tiny (too small to see), and they can look like a skin lump on your pet’s body.
Ticks – and how to deal with them
Although ticks were once regarded as nothing more than a bloodthirsty nuisance, increasing awareness of Lyme Disease and its potentially long-lasting effects means people are more concerned about ticks, how to avoid them, and how best to deal with them.
What are ticks?
The tick is an invertebrate related to spiders. There are over twenty species in Britain related to various different mammal or bird hosts. They carry a number of diseases, the most well known of which is Lyme disease.
They can be found all across Scotland and particularly in the wetter west, in woodlands, moorlands and long grass.
Scientists recorded more than 800,000 ticks in just a short stretch of thick vegetation at the side of a path. They are active all through the year, but particularly in summer.