As we slowly move into the summer months, we should remind ourselves that with the warmer weather comes high season for ticks!
Ticks are small, blood-sucking arachnids. They range in size from as small as a pin’s head to as large as a pencil rubber. When bitten by a tick you probably won’t feel the tick biting you as it is occurring, you will notice afterwards when you find it embedded in your skin.
Most harmless tick bites cause no physical signs or symptoms. Some cause a red or discoloured bump to appear that looks similar to a mosquito bite; however ticks can pass potentially severe diseases to humans, the most commonly Lyme disease. Untreated Lyme disease can produce a wide range of symptoms, depending on the stage of infection. These include fever, rash, facial paralysis, and arthritis.
Ticks are attracted to people and their four-legged pets. If you’ve spent a lot of time outdoors, you have likely encountered ticks at some point.