Tiny ticks can carry harmful infections which can be transmitted to humans. Around 3,000 people every year contract Lyme disease (Borreliosis) from tick bites.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease which if left untreated can have serious and long lasting effects on our health.
With so much to enjoy and explore in the great outdoors, being tick aware is the important first step in prevention. Here are some top tips:
- Take extra care in areas with dense undergrowth and wildlife where ticks can thrive
- Use an effective repellent. A single application of Mosi-guard Natural provides long lasting protection from ticks and is suitable for use on adults and children from sixth months old
- Wear clothes covering exposed skin, especially legs and arms
- Check yourself (and pets) carefully for ticks after being outdoors, especially warmer parts of your body, i.e. behind the knees
- Remove any ticks carefully, as soon as possible with fine-tipped tweezers or a tick- remover to ensure the tick's body is not compressed (squeezing out infective fluids) or the mouth parts are not left in the skin, increasing chance of localised infection.