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Lyme Tick attached to me lucky escape?

Funny thing is I was watching BBC news this morning and they had a lady on discussing been bit by a Lyme Tick. So I thought i'd keep my long sleeved top on while I did the two hedge jobs this morning. In the afternoon I was down to the t shirt removing some bamboo that was partly cut down by a customer.

Got home unloaded the van etc had a bite to eat, about to get a bath and noticed something attached to my side, which was also about to have a bite to eat.

Shouted my other half who removed it with some tweezers and put it in the sink, I took a picture, I've googled it and it looks like a Lyme Tick what do you think. 

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  • looks like one, i saw a photo of a lady that had been bitten and her face was a right mess do not know if its the same lady

    it gets me that some gardeners go about there bussenes in shorts and even get there shirt off when thay can it is too easy to pick one up from hedges or boarders it is not just long grass that thay are in and as you say you do not know that they have attached theselves to you till you see them maby 10 hours or longer down the line 

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      Ticks like to crawl to the warmest parts of your body such as armpits and groin before gorging themselves.  Best to carry a proper tick removal tool in the van just in case

    • Often wear shorts in the Summer........... if you're not careful, you can get paranoid about things, imagining danger round every corner and you'll end up wearing a complete protective suit for everything:) The chances of being bitten by a tick, let alone one with Lyme disease, are pretty remote.....    The number of stories I've read of people suffering terribly through sepsis with the most minute cut........... the first penicillin patient died from a rose thorn prick.... and we're getting these minor "injuries" all the time with no problems.

       

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          Plus 1.

          how anyone  can enjoy life constantly worrying about these things is beyond me

  • PRO

    I never wear shorts but often have bugs land on my arms or go down the back of my neck, I could do with wearing something around my neck and keeping a long top on, but it's hard to when it's warm weather.

    By the look of it when it was on me it was about to feed because it was attached head first.

    Just googled Tick removal tool, came across this website which might help some people.

    http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/about-ticks/tick-removal/

     

     

    Lyme Disease Action Tick Removal | Lyme Disease Action
  • PRO

    The photo is definitely a tick but I don't think there is any such thing as a Lyme Tick. All ticks can carry the bacteria which causes Lyme disease but the percentage which do is really quite low in this country. Sensible precautions are the best way, especially giving yourself a thorough check over after working in environments where they might be. 

    I lived in Zimbabwe for many years and ticks are a daily fact of life and they carry all sorts of diseases harmful to both humans and animals but sensible control and precautions result in quite low infection rates.

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      Our dog has picked up a few ticks from fields where sheep have been grazing , easy to remove with a tick remover but use a twisting action to pull it out or the head can remain in the flesh , tweezers can squeeze the bacteria and blood back into the bloodstream . 

      Our dog has never come to any harm , However i believe it it is the deer tick which carries Lyme disease its brown in colour , my sister in law got bit by one while out jogging in through the woods when she lived in the states and became seriously ill and has never really recovered fully . 

       

       

  • PRO

    Never had any issues with ticks, I haven't seen one in years.

    One of my customers gardens is infested with horse flies at this time of year though, and they swarm around me when I'm there. I hate them with a passion. The bites hurt too. Horrible things.

  • PRO

    During my life I have "owned" three ferrets, one I bought when I was in my teens, the other two were strays that I brought home whilst I was in my late forties much to everyones amusement. 

    Only having short legs and being down in the grass they were tick magnets, it was not unusual to have to remove more than a dozen ticks at a time from them.

    It's not a question about if there are ticks waiting to attach themselves to a warm blooded mammals,  but how to avoid them doing so.

    Andy 

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