Be “Tick aware”
Enjoy the great outdoors with the knowledge and confidence on how to avoid and manage tick bites.
Ticks are small spider-like creatures which feed on the blood of animals and people and are often found in dense vegetation or long grass, but can also be found in woodlands, grasslands, moorland and some urban parks and gardens.
Ticks don’t jump or fly, but wait on vegetation and climb on animals or people. They then bite to attach to the skin and start to feed on the blood. The bite doesn’t really hurt, but certain types of tick can transmit a condition called Lyme disease. Therefore, remove a tick as soon as you spot one on your skin.
Tips to avoid being bitten:
You can prevent tick bites by sticking to paths, avoiding brushing against vegetation, wearing light clothing so they are easier to spot and using repellents such as DEET. Make it a habit to check your clothes and your body regularly for ticks when you’re outdoors and again when you get home.
Tips to safely remove a tick:
The safest way of removing a tick is using a fine pair of tweezers or a tick removal tool. Grasp the tick as close to the head as possible. Pull firmly upwards if using a pair of fine tipped tweezers. If using a tick removal tool, you also need to use a twisting motion. After removing the tick clean the bite area with antiseptic or wash with soap and water.
Main health risks:
Ticks can transmit bacteria that cause diseases such as Lyme Disease, which can lead to very serious conditions if left untreated. Symptoms of Lyme Disease can include a circular rash, fatigue, and muscle and joint pain. More serious conditions such as viral-like meningitis, facial palsy, nerve damage and arthritis can devleop without treatment, so prevention and early detection is crucial. Lyme Disease can be treated with a course of antibiotics.
Contact your GP or dial NHS 111 if you begin to feel unwell and remember to tell them you were bitten by a tick.
Help us record ticks:
Send any ticks you collect to Public Health England and they'll identify them for you. For further information on tick species and the Tick Surveillance Scheme, please visit the Public Health England pages at: www.gov.uk/guidance/tick-surveillance-scheme
Tick awareness resources:
To download and print these leaflets and poster please follow the links to the right of this page under Documents. If you would like to order copies of the tick awareness poster and/or leaflets please contact Mo Manasievski email: Mo.Manasievski@virgincare.co.uk
- Tick Aware Leaflet
- Tick Aware Poster
- ‘Ticks – how to protect yourself’ key stage 1 & 2 leaflet
The following list of Public Health England’s information and resources can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tick-surveillance-scheme
- Tick awareness for the public
- Tick awareness toolkit for local authorities
- Tick awareness for schools
- Tick surveillance scheme
- Taking part in the scheme
- How to send your ticks to PHE
- Postage costs
- Testing ticks
- Imported ticks
- Tick distribution maps
- More information on ticks