It’s Tick season
Ticks are small parasites which are closely related to spiders and mites which feed on the blood of mammals (including humans), birds and reptiles. They cannot fly or jump but instead crawl and latch on to a passing host using special hooks on their legs.
Ticks start to become more of a problem during the spring, although can become active at temperatures as low as 3.5 degrees C. As we venture outside more as the weather starts to warm up we are more at risk from tick bites and the associated conditions. UK ticks carry a number of diseases for which there are no vaccines meaning that awareness and preventative measures are key.
Lyme disease can be a debilitating condition for dogs, humans and horses and research is showing that the number of ticks carrying Lyme disease is growing. Around 3,000 people a year are infected with Lyme disease as a result of a tick bite. You should protect yourself using a repellent if out walking in likely tick infested areas, such as woodland and other wildlife diverse areas.
Also, be sure not to bring ticks home by checking your clothing, skin and your pets after visiting at risk locations.