Tick bites spread Lyme disease in the UK and abroad. There is currently no vaccine against Lyme disease so you must be aware that areas with ground cover, foliage and diverse wildlife can pose a risk of ticks. Ticks wait in long grass and vegetation in order to attach themselves to their victims or hosts as they brush past. Always try to stick to footpaths when you are walking, trying wherever possible to avoid the areas indicated above. 

To prevent tick bites use an insect repellent and keep covered up. Wear light coloured clothing with long sleeves and trousers. Ensuring that trouser legs are tucked into your socks will also help. If you are in areas known to have ticks, long hair should covered or tied up. 

After being outside in tick prone areas be sure to check your body, pets and clothing for ticks, take a shower and wash you hair. You could also wash your clothes and put them on a high heat cycle in the tumble dryer to ensure that no ticks survive. Make sure that you carry a tick remover, or fine pointed tweezers, so you can quickly remove ticks and reduce the chance of disease transmission.

Furthermore, ticks rapidly loose moisture and as a result can't survive in low humidity. Staying in areas with lots of sun exposure will help reduce the chance of tick bites.

Ensure that you keep all pets that have been outside off the furniture, especially in the bedroom.

 

 

To go back to the menu
INSECT INDEX →

Read next
MIDGE BITE PREVENTION ↓