Information on how to avoid being bitten and guidance on how to remove ticks safely when attached.
The most important tick prevention behaviour is regular checking of your body, particularly the skin folds, and prompt removal of any ticks found. It is important to try and remove ticks within 24 hours of attaching.
The following measure can also help to prevent tick bites.
We have received increasing reports of ticks in gardens, predominantly gardens surrounded by favourable tick habitats such as woodland, which support populations of deer, and rough grassland. In order to minimise ticks in your garden we recommend the following steps:
Different tick species are found in different habitats, but the ticks most commonly found on humans or their pets are found in woodland, heathland, upland or moorland pastures and grassland. Ticks are particularly abundant in ecotones, the transition zone between two vegetation communities, such as woodland and meadow or shrub communities, which permit a wider range of potential hosts.
Ticks frequently feed on companion animals, and as a result, pets can bring ticks into the home or garden, so it is important to regularly check your pets and their bedding for ticks, and use approved tick control products as recommended by your vet. This is important not only in order to reduce human exposure to ticks, but also because pets are at risk of becoming infected with tickborne diseases specific to animals.
In January 2012, the EU regulations on travelling with your pets changed, so that tick treatment prior to travel is no longer mandatory. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) strongly recommends that you do continue to treat your pet before and during travel abroad to prevent tickborne infections, such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, and babesiosis, which can be life-threatening. We strongly recommend that you seek advice from y our vet before travelling with your pet.
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If you are bitten, follow these simple steps to safely remove ticks
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