Facts and myths about ticks

It’s tick season now

Sucks blood while mating

Myths about ticks

  • No, the tick hasn’t gotten bigger.
  • No, it can’t fly.
  • No, it can’t jump. No, it won’t come after you.
  • Yes, ticks can carry bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illnesses.
  • Yes, you have to grab around it and pull it out to get rid of it.
  • No, it cannot be brushed away like a mosquito, ant or a fly.
  • No, it cannot be washed off in the shower.
  • No, it won’t die and won’t let go if you go swimming in the sea.
  • No, it doesn’t die after sucking blood, it falls to the ground and if it is not already an adult, it transforms into a nymph or an adult tick.
  • Yes, it will survive in the washing machine if you wash your clothes at 40 degrees or less.
  • Yes, the male also sucks blood, but less than the female, and it will roam around more on its host because it is looking for a female tick to mate with.

In forests and gardens

Headless spider that feeds on blood

Anesthetize before biting

Senses with front legs

Infection from ticks

Attacks the nervous system

This is how to avoid ticks

  • Be careful after you’ve been in a grassy or brush covered area.
  • Check your entire body if you’ve been in an area with a lot of ticks, especially where the skin is thin.
  • Comb through your hair with a lice comb.
  • Pull ticks off as soon as you spot them. Use your nails, don’t wait until you’ve bought tweezers. It does not matter if part of the tick is left. The most important thing is to remove it quickly to prevent the bacteria from being transmitted from the tick to you.
  • Clean the site of the tick bite with ointment.
  • Talk to the vet and get tick repellents for your dog or cat and brush regularly to remove ticks crawling on their fur.

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