> Midges don't give you a potentially fatal disease
Having found a tick yesterday in one of those places where you really don't want to, I was reading up on TBE and Lyme last night. Is Lyme potentially fatal?! Because I don't think you get TBE in the UK do you?
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> Having found a tick yesterday in one of those places where you really don't want to
A mate of mine once answered a call of nature in what transpired to be Tick infested clumps of grass. Can't remember the exact figure but somewhere around 70 had to be removed from his nether regions at the local A&E!
In reply to AlH:
I used to climb at various dunkeld crags very regularly probably around 15+ times a year for nearly 6 years, don't think I ever got a tick from there (although I would check), maybe ticks don't like me as I've only ever found a handfull on me, that said I would commonly climb in trouses with elasticated ankles and socks. I'd be much more concerned somewhere like Glen Clova.
I've also never found a engorged tick on me they are always flat and not looking like they are feeding on me although their jaws are in! unlike the ones I find on my parents dog which are often quite round!
In reply to Adam Lincoln: used to climb a lot at aberdour (hawcraig) , traprain law , ben ann and dunkeld but I've never had any ticks on me. (dog used to mop them all up probably!)
Has there been an increase in ticks in recent years?...i have a farmer mate who reckons that the decrease in sheep has led to more people coming in contact with ticks....I don't see any difference myself.
In reply to Loughan: *Deer (doh!)
Also, I grew up next to a Tentsmuir forest and spent my summers practically living in it and never had a tick. A few years ago I took my mountain bike round it invariably any sections with overhanging grass resulted in ticks. Such a shame
Most of the ticks I have had, in particular the ones I removed last year before I got unwell was nymphs and you can barely even see them. They are practically invisible to the eye. Not even as big as a pin head.
I am always paranoid about even sitting my rucksack down on the ground in many places now as I am then chucking the rucksack in my car with other stuff. I think a lot of bites happen afterwards when you have jumped in your car to goto work and a tick is then on the seat after transferring from other things. My stuff all goes in the garage now and not in the house.
In reply to xplorer: TBE is more of a problem where I live, people are vaccinated who live in the high risk areas. You just have to keep an eye on the bite area looking for the ring rash, and only then go to the doctors. It's hard not to get bitten by ticks if you climb, or hike or similar around here in the summer so people don't go to the doctor every time!
Personally I find Dunkeld (especially upper cave) really bad for ticks, although they do seem to love me. Never seen them at Limekilns before and definitely not at Aberdour. They seem par for the course at Glen Nevis, always removing loads after a day cragging at Polldubh ...
People vary massively in their attractiveness to ticks. I'm lucky, they don't like me. After one weekend in Knoydart, I found a tick embedded in my calf a few days later. I rang my mate who'd been with me to tell him about it, he said he'd stopped counting after 50. And he was all gaiters and long trousers, I'd worn shorts and trainers. I don't think I've had more than about 10 ticks in 25 years of grubbing about in the Highlands, though one of the wee shites did give me Lymes.
In reply to Adam Lincoln:
It looks like I am another tick magnet. I hardly every wear shorts or t-shirt and from March to October I am constantly removing them after walking or climbing. I don't remember having this problem around 5 years ago. I now have tick remover tools in my first aid kit, tick tweezers in my car, a tick card in my wallet and tick tweezers in my handbag. The latter because I have even found them on my legs on a Monday morning and that's after two/three showers, all over body check and change of clothes.
Already removed the first ones for this year.
In reply to Adam Lincoln: I was at totem pole near Kyleakin tonight and the place was teeming with ticks. I drooped my can of smidge on the ground and in the time it took me to pick it up it had acquired 12+ ticks.
The same thing happened with my bottle but with even more ticks this time.
Found it astonishing how quick the were on the bottle and the sheer number of them!
In reply to Adam Lincoln:
All the Angus crags are pretty much tick free whereas nearly everything in Perthshire moves with them especially Weem. Upper Cave the exception never had a problem with them there thankfully