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Just a tick …


Tim Russell

Posted by Tim Russell on 05 May 2010

Just a tick … The Quantock Hills AONB hosted a conference on Ticks & Tick Borne diseases at Halsway Manor on Tuesday.

Surveys over the last 20 years show that tick numbers and associated diseases (such as Lyme Disease) have increased significantly.  The habitats found on the Quantocks (in particular bracken, rough grassland and bilberry), provide ideal conditions for tick populations to thrive.  Ticks feed on the blood of other animals (particularly large mammals such as deer) and can readily spread diseases to humans.
Around 50 health practitioners and countryside managers attended the conference which focussed its attention on ways forward in habitat management and raising peoples’ awareness to help reduce the incidence of tick borne diseases.
Simple points to remember to help reduce getting tick bites are to:
• keep to the middle of paths to avoid dense vegetation
• wear shoes – not sandals
• tuck trousers into socks
• ticks are easier to see on light coloured clothing and picnic blankets
• always check for ticks on skin surface and remove as suggested on the Lyme Disease Action website (see below)
• if you have ANY doubt about feeling poorly from a tick bite contact your GP as soon as possible

Useful website address is: http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/

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    Bill Gulliford

    16 May 10

    As well as checking yourself for ticks don’t forget to check your dogs and horses regularly.
    Dogs (and cats) can be treated with SPOT ON flea treatment to repel ticks.

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