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Watch out for ticks! (video)

A growing percentage of ticks in the Netherlands is infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Anglers scouring the water’s edge are at a significant risk of a tick bite, so make sure to take precautions.

Ticks are small, flat spiders that prefer to live in high grass at the water’s edge. These parasites feed on the blood of both animals and humans. The tick’s bite is painless and therefore often goes unnoticed. Because a growing percentage of ticks is carrying the Borrelia bacterium, they increasingly transmit the Lyme disease. If this disease is being noticed too late, it may cause substantial health problems.

Check the video 'How to remove a tick' below:



Protection


On account of global warming, ticks are active all year through, although most tick bites take place in the period from March through October. Therefore, always wear clothing that covers the skin when you take to the water’s edge. Several insect repellents containing DEET can be bought at the drugstore, these will cover your skin and shoes with a protective layer.

Additionally there is also tick-repelling clothing. If you’ve been in the outdoors, check yourself for ticks when you get home. Ticks like to settle behind the ears, in the groin, armpits and in the back of the knee.

Act quickly


If you find a tick, don’t panic, but it is important to act fast. The quicker the tick is being removed, the smaller the chance that the Borrelia bacteria are being transmitted. Remove the tick with special tick pliers or a tick card. Never use your fingers to remove a tick and do not use soap or a disinfectant, if you do, the tick will regurgitate its stomach contents – including any pathogens – into the bite wound.

Most people don’t get ill after being bitten by a tick, but it is still good practise to record the date and place a tick bit you. Stay alert for a red circle developing around the place of the bite or any flu-like symptoms (stomach-aches, sore throat, fatigue) that might indicate Lyme disease. If these symptoms appear, seek medical advice immediately.
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