Summer's here - time to be 'tick aware'
Ticks are small creatures a bit like a spider - they're not in fact insects.
It's worth being aware of ticks in case you or a pet is bitten as it's important to remove the tick as quickly as possible - as in rare cases they can cause a nasty infection called Lyme Disease.
Most tick bites are harmless but some ticks do carry the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease - here's some top ticks facts to help you be aware this summer!
- Ticks live in woods and areas with long grass and are found all over the UK
- Ticks don't jump or fly - they attach to the skin of animals or humans that brush past them
- Once a tick bites into the skin it feeds on blood for a few days before dropping off
- A tick-bite can only cause Lyme Disease in humans if the tick has already bitten an infected animal - but it's still important to know how to safely remove them if you, a child or a pet is bitten
- Tick bites aren't always painful and you may only notice a tick if you see it on your skin
- You can prevent tick bites by walking on clearly defined paths, using insect repellent and performing regular tick checks
- Regularly check your skin and your children's and pet's skins after being outdoors
To find out how to remove a tick safely read the NHS advice here
If you begin to feel unwell with flu-like symptoms or develop a spreading circular red rash then contact your GP or dial NHS 111. Remember to tell them you were bitten by a tick or have recently spent time outdoors.
To find out more about Lyme Disease go to the NHS website here