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kernowclimber
2010-08-22 01:25:04
What lurks in the bracken and bilberry...
Whilst walking up the lower slopes of Scarr from Oldbridge today I happened to notice a small spider like critter on the front of my trousers just above the knee. I knew instantly that it was a tick although in all my years of walking I have not seen one for real before. I think it was probably a male Ixodes ricinus tick which is found in areas of short grass, bilberry and bracken.

This tick had not had a meal on me, as it was not much larger in size than a poppy seed and I had been careful to put DEET on my arms, face and hands before leaving the car. My trousers were the ones you can buy that are treated with repellent.

These minute, harmless looking creepy crawlies are, however, a real threat to walkers as they can be carriers of a number of diseases including Lyme Disease, a very serious illness if not diagnosed and treated promptly. The Countryside Alliance Ireland has a very useful page on the lifecycle of ticks, the diseases they cause, the symptoms, and how to be tick aware:

http://www.caireland.org/our_campaigns/rural_livelihoods_campaigns/Are_You_Tick_Aware?/

The article made my flesh creep!!!! Has anyone else seen ticks in Wicklow, or even been bitten by one?
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