Ticks and Lyme disease
The warm weather and plant growth provides good cover for ticks. See testimonials from Lyme disease sufferers Matt Dawson and Sophie Ward.
The warm weather and plant growth provides cover for ticks that can attach them-selves to deer, dogs or humans passing through long grass or bracken during the summer months, potentially causing Lyme disease. The ticks feed by piercing the skin to suck blood.
While only a small proportion of ticks can transmit Lyme disease and the chances of contracting the disease are low, symptoms can be serious so it's worth taking sensible precautions. Wearing long trousers, long sleeved shirts and using insect repellents can help to prevent ticks.
See testimonials from former England Rugby player, Matt Dawson, and former Olympic swimmer, Sophie ward, who both got Lyme disease from tick bites.
If you find a tick on you and develop cold/flu like symptoms or find a rash develops it is precautionary to tell your doctor. Dogs can be prevented from getting ticks by using drops supplied in pet shops or vets.
This leaflet gives more infomation on how to protect yourself, what to look for and what to do if you find a tick.