A tick will generally remain attached until it is gorged with blood, increasing greatly in size, before dropping off. This can take between a few days and 2 weeks. These photos show the ticks at different stages/sizes of the cycle.
This year already we have seen exceedingly high numbers of ticks and with the possibility of contracting Lyme Disease we thought we’d give you a quick bit of help.
Top tips for avoiding ticks
When out and about on the moors try to:
- Avoid walking through long grass and areas of thick foliage, keep to paths and tracks in heavily infested areas.
- Leave no exposed skin on your legs, feet, ankles or arms, wear long sleeves, tuck your trousers in your socks or wear gaiters and choose a fabric which is thickly woven.
- Spray insect repellent on clothing and socks.
- Wear light-coloured clothing so you can see the dark ticks and remove them, inspect your clothes often to remove any ticks.
- Check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks when you get home, especially your hairline, navel, groin, arm pits, between toes, behind the ears and knees.
- Don’t panic if you find an embedded tick, it’s most likely that it’s not infected, and if you remove it within 24 hours it is unlikely to have passed on the bacteria.
If you are worried in anyway then consult your GP and mention your concerns about Lyme Disease.
Please Don’t panic, only a small number of ticks are infected with the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.