Tick Awareness

I was out for a couple of walks over the weekend, in the Mournes and around Moneypenny’s Lock, and pick up my first ever Tick.

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Not the nicest thing to find whilst lying in bed at 1am, so I got up and naively tried to remove it with a pair of tweezers. After making a complete hash of it and leaving half of it behind I turned to Google and realised how much of a mess I had made 😮

NHS Choices did a great job of convincing me that I now had Lyme Disease and that I had only a few months to live, but further Googling provided more useful info and, if your like me, and have limited experience of these critters, I would recommend that you have a read around the subject and familiarise yourself with the joys of Ticks and Tick removal.

HSC provides simple advice on avoiding Ticks: http://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/%E2%80%98tick%E2%80%99-simple-steps-avoid-lyme-disease

Lyme Disease Action provides great advice on tick removal:
http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/about-ticks/tick-removal/

I know I’ve learnt a lot about them over the last 24hrs and will be buying myself a Tick Removal tool very very soon.


Some links for Tick Removal cards. These are correct at time of writing and are the first we came across.

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/tick-remover-card-p293165

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TickCard-Credit-Card-Size-Tick-Remover-Magnifying-Lens-Removal-Dog-Cat-Humans-/121619308611?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item1c51136043


You can get more information from other people in this thread:

http://www.ni-wild.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=4980

 

 

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