/ Just found a tick...
Been out with a DofE group practicing some Navigation. ended up wading through some shoulder high bracken. Eating my dinner earlier I felt something tickling my skin on my hand and there it was, on my hand, looking for somewhere to sink its mandible into my flesh!
Keep checking yourselves folks, they're out there!
I keep feeling it now tickling me even though I flushed it away!
So far this summer I've had 0, I've been lucky though.
Climbing at Trowbarrow last week I found 2 on me and another climbing on my crisp packet, none had a chance to get their mandibles into me though.
I take it that you stopped concentrating on the obvious one tickling your hand and had a good check of your arms, armpits, legs & groin whilst having your shower this evening?
You do not feel most of them when they are on you. They often head for warm, moist spots to latch on to.
I found a wasp crawling up my leg at home yesterday, while watching TV!
I batted it away and got that tickling feeling too. Kept checking my leg every so often the next hour.
Do not burn them off, squeeze the body, use Vaseline etc all these things increase chance of infection as the end result is the tick pushing its body contents in to you.
If you get a tick off in the first 24 - 36 hours carefully with tweezers (with a fine enough head) or a tick remover you should fine.
The thing is, stressing the buggers (with a cigarette, or suffocating them with alchohol etc) can cause them to regurgitate which is where the danger lies... best use a proper removing tool
Sounds like you're due another dose of Frontline...
Have never had a tick on me - never even seen a real one until I started having to take them off the cat!
The tick cards you can get are hopeless - I use LifeVenture tick tweezers to slowly pull them off.
O'Tom tick tools are good - there's one in my work bag (I usually find them on mondays).
Working on farms in Ireland I often got twenty toi thirty ticks on me whilst working in long damp meadows.
My dog got them too.
Removal is easy for humans. Using your finger nail, simply scrap them off. This completely removes the tick. Absolutely no need for tweezers which is likely to squirt their stomach contents into your skin - then a risk of lymes or however you spell it.
Harder to remove from dogs because by the time you find them they've been stuffing themselves and are well hooked in. Thats when you need tick removal tools!!
ouch, that's a little extreme...
Most vets will sell them too
This summer one of my mates had one latch onto his nipple, whilst the year before he had one on his knackers. Laughed so hard!
>ouch, that's a little extreme...
I agree, probably quite big tweezers though.
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