where to find them, what the dangers are and how to protect yourself

Ticks are back in nature with the arrival of nice weather and rising temperatures. But where can we really cross their path? What are the dangers of their bites and how to protect yourself from them? Answers with Olivier Duval, entomologist and member of Mayenne Nature Environnement.

Where can ticks be found?

Ticks can be found in tall grass, in medium-high vegetation. Ticks live at “height” to more easily come into contact with an animal or human during passage and to cling to their host. They can be found in forests or forest edges, especially in ferny areas. Even on unmown meadows.

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When are we likely to crossbreed with this arachnid?

Mainly in “hot” periods: spring and summer.

How to protect yourself from ticks that occur in nature?

Avoid walking in vegetation with shorts and stay on mowed and maintained paths. Ticks are likely to attach when the body comes into contact with vegetation. After a walk in nature, it is then necessary, especially with children, to check whether there are any ticks on the body.

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What actions should be taken if a tick is attached to you?

To remove it it is important not to tear it off: in this case you risk breaking off the tick and leaving your head there. There are special tick tweezers for clean removal. This tool must then be rotated clockwise. You can also get advice from a pharmacist.

What are the dangers of tick bites?

A tick bite can cause redness, itching, and swelling. Ticks infected with bacteria can also transmit Lyme disease (or Lyme disease).

Ticks are out this summer: where to find them, what the dangers are and how to protect yourself

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