Mar 26 2021

Seasonal Tick reminder

It’s that time of year again… 

 

With spring comes an increase in outside temperatures, and with that an increase in tick activity. Unfortunately this comes with the increased risk of Lyme Disease, the effects of which range from mild flu like symptoms to life altering illness. As we come out of winter and lockdown it’s a good idea to remind ourselves of the following precautions:

 

· Keep to footpaths where possible.

 

· Wear appropriate clothing in areas likely to contain ticks (grassland or other undergrowth inhabited by mammals) long-sleeved shirts and trousers tucked into your socks is advised.

 

· Inspect skin for ticks at the end of the day, including your head, neck and skin folds (armpits, groin, and waistband) – remove any ticks promptly.

 

· Use insect repellent

 

· If taken, check that pets do not bring ticks home in their fur.

 

· If symptoms of illness occur after insect bites – “Bullseye” rashes, excessive swelling or aches and pains for example contact a GP immediately.

 

Where ticks are found, the Trust recommends that they are removed using a tick removal tool specifically designed for that purpose – preferably a “Tick Lasso” as they are the easiest to use. These have already been provided to many volunteers and can be obtained by emailing us at volunteering@woodlandtrust.org.uk

 

The Woodland Trust Safety Guidance Note “Zoonotic Infections” contains further information. This can be found in the Health and Safety section of the Whittle library. Or by clicking here:

 

Zoonotic Infections:

 

For further information on tick awareness click here:

 

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