Preventing Tick Bites

There are some very simple steps you can take to minimise the risk of getting bitten by a tick. In the States the deer tick is known to carry Lyme disease whereas in Europe Lyme is commonly associated with the sheep or castor bean tick (ixodes ricinus). Ticks can target any bird or animal ranging from mice, ground feeding birds, hedgehogs, farm animals, pets, deer & humans. Vigilance is needed in wooded or tall grassy areas where ticks may reside.

For tips on reducing the number of ticks in your garden or immediate vicinity see veterinarian Lawrence Swift's suggestions here.