Facts About Ticks
Tick bites aren’t always painful. You may not notice a tick unless you see it on your skin.
Ticks can range in size from small specks about the size of a pin head, up to around the size of a fingernail when fully engorged with blood.
Ticks cannot fly or jump; they latch onto their hosts by crawling up grass and undergrowth, where they wait for a passing host.
As ticks are rather nasty, disease-carrying agents, you should always wear gloves when dealing with one or removing one from your pet.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks.
Regularly check your skin and your children’s or pets’ skin after being outdoors.
Not everyone with Lyme disease gets the rash. Some people also have flu-like symptoms in the early stages, such as:
- a high temperature, or feeling hot and shivery
- muscle and joint pain
- tiredness and loss of energy