Ticks are small spider-like animals, which are almost invisible to the bare eye. Most of the time you discover a tick after it has bitten you. That is why it is important to check yourself after you have visited the countryside.
A tick can be the cause of a range of moderate to severe health issues in humans. As it sucks blood, a tick can transfer viruses, bacteria, parasites, and even poison to their human host.
Tick bite prevention
These prevention tips will help you avoid being bitten:
- when outdoors, cover yourself as much as possible to reduce exposed skin. Wear long shirts and trousers, and tuck your trouser legs into your socks
- when returning home, check yourself and children thoroughly for ticks. Regularly inspect pets for ticks, too
- when outside stay on the path. Avoid the tall grassy sides
- wear light-coloured clothing as this makes it easier to see ticks on you/your clothing
- apply an appropriate repellent on exposed skin
If you've been bitten
Remove any found ticks as quickly as possible with fine-tipped tweezers or a tick removal tool and monitor the bitten area for any rashes that may appear.