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Ticks and Lyme Disease

The native UK tick tends to live in places with damp vegetation and where there are lots of small animals and birds they can feed on. Ticks can be found in woodland, moors and even parks and gardens all over the UK.

Ticks feed on the blood of other animals and some carry a bacterium which causes Lyme Disease in humans. The disease is transmitted to humans by the bite of a tick infected with the bacterium.  

To avoid tick bites, stay safe and follow some of the advice below:

  • Keep your arms and legs covered when walking in woodland and similar places
  • Try not to brush against vegetation and keep to paths
  • Wear light coloured clothing: ticks are easier to spot
  • Check each others' skin for ticks after a walk: tick bites are painless and can go unnoticed
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridine
  • Buy a tick remover to remove any ticks which may have bitten

 

For more information please visit www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk or download an information leaflet.

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