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 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.
You can find information on tick bite risks and tick removal by downloading the PHE factsheet at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tick-bite-risks-and-prevention-of-lyme-disease
Be aware of the symptoms of Lyme Disease:
Keep an eye on the area for several weeks in case a rash develops, which may be a sign of Lyme disease. Symptoms can include:
A slowly expanding circular reddish rash.
muscle and joint pain.
For further information on the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, please click on the link:
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.
Tick Aware Leaflet
Tick Aware Poster
‘Ticks – how to protect yourself’ key stage 1 & 2 leaflet