If You Go Down In The Woods Today, Be Sure Of A Big Surprise.

Hey,

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Did you know that it was ‘Tick Bite Prevention Week’ last week?

Do even the targeted ticks know that?

I very much doubt that the fact has really impinged on them yet.

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However all joking aside, they are becoming a serious problem.

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They first came to my notice years ago when I watched a programme from America.

It showed tracts of houses surrounding a National Park, which were all abandoned.

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The programme then showed a lot of men in white suits that were totally sealed at all the joints, and they proceeded to drag white sheets over the grass around the houses.

The idea was to see how many of the ticks were present in the area at that time.

It was awful, they were crawling all over the sheet.

Urghhhh!!!

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The reason for this was that the area had become infested by deer ticks, which had been feeding on the people living in the area.

These ticks were very dangerous because they pass disease onto the human hosts.

Lyme Disease can be totally devastating in it’s effects, and not diagnosed, because the sufferers think that they have ‘flu or something else, and end up totally fatigued long term, with arthritic conditions and other problems
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After watching that scary programme I read up on the creatures and found that they did exist in the UK, but not on such a scale.

Relief!

We were great walkers at that time, when Big H was very healthy, and often used to walk through dense woodlands which contained deer.

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Unfortunately the situation is now worse, with ticks all over the place.

In The New Forest, Windsor Great Park etc…and all over Scotland.

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I know about Scotland because I have a good friend who is mad about the place and often went to stay there in nice hotels while walking up the mountains and stuff of that sort.

Well, the last time she went there with some friends, and her little dog, she went for an enjoyable walk up some tourist-friendly nearby mountain.

She totally enjoyed it all thoroughly until she was getting undressed back at the hotel and found ticks attached to her under the arms etc.

She totally freaked out at the very thought of it and was horrified.

Once they had been removed she checked her dog and found that it was covered in them.

There was a quick journey back home, with the dog, and then an emergency visit to the vets quickly followed.

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When she was telling me about it, I found that my desire to go and visit the Scottish Isles etc. had completely vanished.

And has never returned.

Now I come to think of it, she has never been back since then either.

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Anyway, they are now all over the place and it is thought that there are probably about three thousand people per year, just in the UK, contracting Lyme Disease from the ticks now.

And there are almost certainly other people who are suffering from the disease without realising the cause.

Now we need to check ourselves for them, and we need one of the available tools for removing them as it is dangerous to just pull them off if the head is still embedded….and it can apparently take some force to do it too!

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National Trust leaflet about the problem.

This is a link to an information page about ticks and Lyme Disease ( Borreliosis ).

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Unfortunately, they are now a fact of life and we all need to take care if we are walking in the countryside or spending time in garden areas.

Nasty little buggers!

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Well, it isn’t nice but we all need to know about them.

Have a good one.

J,x.

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How about a green solution to the problem.
Import endangered Indian tigers.
Set them loose in the forests where there are deer and deer ticks.
They will eat the deer.
The tigers presence will prevent anyone going anywhere near the places where there are lots of ticks.
Tigers will not be totally extinct them.
Problem solved!
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Big H read this, then commented that now the tigers will be covered in ticks.
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Does it matter!
After all, nobody will go near enough to tigers to catch them
Or if you do….the ticks will be the least of your worries!.
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