The Ticking Lyme Bomb

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The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Postby mercalia » 15 Oct 2015, 8:49pm

says the Evening Standard today in a double page spread, and gives some interesting stats -

3000 a year infected incl John Caudwell the founder of Phones 4U

Seems like the royal parks with the deer a place to be careful in.

I wonder why mention now at this time of the year? Should have been at the start of summer? Unless the papers wants to send fear thru all the people who went around bare armed and legs int he royal parks over the summer?

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Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Postby Psamathe » 15 Oct 2015, 9:16pm

I always thought (and experience) more ticks in (late) spring and autumn.

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Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Postby loch eck steve » 15 Oct 2015, 9:24pm

where I live ( rural Scotland ) there are still plenty of ticks , you have to be constantly vigilant and check yourselve nearly everytime you,leave the house .

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Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Postby Paulatic » 15 Oct 2015, 9:50pm

There are usually two rises of ticks. Spring and Autumn the timing of which depends on where you live.
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Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Postby tomsumner49 » 15 Oct 2015, 10:21pm

Maybe a result of this recently published paper which got a bit of news coverage (including in the standard)

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1 ... 7/abstract

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Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Postby pwa » 15 Oct 2015, 10:44pm

So long as you realise you have been bitten by a tick and get treated within a day or two you are not at serious risk. It's when you ignore the rash that the problems start.

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Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Postby Tonyf33 » 16 Oct 2015, 12:49am

I can honestly say the only live tic I've ever seen was on an elderly friends dog, maybe deepest darkest Hertfordshire isn't such a paradise for the little blighters 8) :lol:

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Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Postby Tacascarow » 16 Oct 2015, 7:57am

I spend large amounts of my time outdoors in field & wood & it's something I'm always aware of.
In the spring I'm constantly finding dog ticks on my two terriers & find the odd one crawling on me looking for a home.
The deer tick is a different & larger species AFAIK & I haven't seen any yet. But we have a lot more deer in the area over recent years so I doubt it will be long.

One of the joys of the countryside.

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Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Postby Paulatic » 16 Oct 2015, 9:54am

I don't think ticks are discerning. They'll attach to anything for a feed regardless of species. Different sizes I would imagine are due to how much they've had to eat.

I've lived in a tick area since a child but was never aware of Lymes until a holiday in Norfolk some twenty years ago where there were warning signs displayed.
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Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Postby meic » 16 Oct 2015, 10:06am

I have had deer ticks a few times while in the New Forest, I always get them in the first stage of their life at which point they are so small that you can hardly see them.
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Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Postby Elizabeth_S » 16 Oct 2015, 10:53am

At least we don't have TBE here, and how many people get injections for that before they travel in Europe (and camp).

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Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Postby irc » 16 Oct 2015, 2:28pm

Haven't had any ticks on me for a while. Found a few dead ones on the dog this year. The spot on anti tick stuff working. A couple of years ago I got half a dozen ticks on me during one 1/4 mile stretch cutting through long grass and bracken by Loch Lomond.

My son got one while hillwalking with me in the Cairngorms this year. I carry a tick remover and try and stay on paths and be careful where I sit down when resting.

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Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Postby Psamathe » 16 Oct 2015, 2:41pm

irc wrote:Haven't had any ticks on me for a while. Found a few dead ones on the dog this year. The spot on anti tick stuff working. A couple of years ago I got half a dozen ticks on me during one 1/4 mile stretch cutting through long grass and bracken by Loch Lomond.

My son got one while hillwalking with me in the Cairngorms this year. I carry a tick remover and try and stay on paths and be careful where I sit down when resting.

I used to have to use the spot stuff on my dogs every month (because we had piroplasmose - which would kill your dog within a couple of days). And used to find loads of (dead) ticks in the house and a few on me. Most dog owners read the flea/tick treatment and read how long it works for fleas ... and ignore that it last nothing like as long against ticks.

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Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Postby irc » 16 Oct 2015, 4:03pm

Yeah I'm pretty much every 4 weeks for the spot on. After the next time I think the tick season will be over and I'll reduce to every 8/9 weeks for flea prevention.

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Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Postby MikeF » 16 Oct 2015, 8:54pm

I know two people who have caught Lyme Disease. Quite a serious illness.
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