Tick Bite Prevention Week 2011

Posted: March 24, 2011 in 2011, General
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Bite Prevention Week 2011.

Thanks to Peterh for Tweeting this one. There was something on the radio the other day about a new type of Tick that can be fatal and it isn’t Lyme Disease they carry, it is something else!

Pheasants and Ticks – hey, these pheasants are everywhere at the moment. I have several that spend half the day in my garden!

This is the one I heard about on the radio and is the real worry. I’ll dig about for the disease info soon.


The disease they don’t refer to in the article but which has been associated with the new eurotick.(sic) my new word!

  1. Jan Davies says:

    Thanks for helping raise awareness! Hopefully, one day, tick removers will be a commonplace addition to every first aid kit, they certainly need to be. Please everyone educate themselves about safe tick removal (and not just in Thetford Forest, anywhere there’s long grass, they’re not fussy!)

    The O’Tom tick twisters are recommended as the best for safe removal. You can buy them from the website mentioned above.

    Also, if anyone has any issues or worries about health matters following a possible tick bite, the charity who run the awareness week (bada-uk) will help answer any questions.

  2. slowjo61 says:

    I have just ordered a tick removal tool. I know of several Thetford riders who have picked up ticks while riding in the forest some have ended up in somewhat delicate areas having made their way up their shorts! I certainly am not going to take the risk. With the new risks I alluded to in the original post it seems like a good idea to read the site, buy the tool and keep riding.

    I spotted the Mosi Bite (?) insect repellant – does it work as well as Skin so Soft? Jan?

    • Jan Davies says:

      Well, everyone’s different, so what works for some won’t work for others. The main reason Skin So Soft works so well for some people is that the ticks can’t grab on to the skin. So, it is only effective where it has been applied, whereas the sprays also include the clothes around the area (iyswim!).

      Most effective is the Deet-based stuff, however you won’t be able to buy anything with Deet in it from next year as it’s being banned (it is pretty evil stuff!) To plug the gap, Mosi-Guard have produced a new formula that now includes ticks and it is more effective than their stuff used to be, apparently. So, if you’ve tried it before and it’s not worked, it might be worth trying it again.

      That was a long answer, sorry. I don’t work for Mosi-Guard, btw!

      Oh and don’t ride with bare legs:-)

  3. Jan says:

    Well! I thought this might interest you. The power of the media, hey…. This is an official brief from Bada-uk:-

    “News about a new breed of disease-carrying European tick arriving on our shores has been spreading through the media on the back of a study published in the journal ‘Medical and Veterinary Entomology’. The tick in question is Dermacentor reticulatus but this species has been present in Britain for many years. Here it is known as the Ornate Cow Tick or Marsh Tick and was listed amongst the 22 species of British tick in D.R. Arthur’s book “British Ticks”, published in 1963. Dermacentor reticulatus has also featured in various studies of British ticks, such as, “Distribution of Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. spirochaete DNA in British ticks (Argasidae and Ixodidae) since the 19th Century, assessed by PCR”, which was also published in ‘Medical and Veterinary Entomology’ in 1998.”

    So, it’s not new at all. It’s important to note that we need to be mindful of all ticks, of course, so, as people won’t actually have any idea which one they’ve been bitten by, at least the ‘eurotick’ news has brought it to people’s minds.

    I’d be grateful if you and your friends would continue to help promote tick awareness, with a big push forTick Bite Prevention Week http://www.tickbitepreventionweek.org

  4. slowjo61 says:

    Thanks Jan

    When I bought the tick remover it came with an interesting piece of advice – as ticks carry disease, removing the tick from your body may not be the end of incident – infection can follow. The advice is to keep the tick in a sealed bag along with details of when you were bitten, in your freezer. If infection or illness follows shortly afterwards, take the frozen tick and other data to your GP.

    How serious is a post tick infection? May I recommend a visit to the BADA website where you will find four case studies. Read them. We ride in tick country, and it is good to be aware of the implications should one of these little critters use you for a meal.

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