Are you Tick aware?

Ticks are small, spider-like creatures that feed on the blood of animals, including people.

Ticks are present in the borough. They are present in woodland, in long grass and even in gardens.

Ticks can transmit bacteria that cause diseases such as Lyme disease, which, if left untreated, can lead to very serious conditions.

Ticks wait until an animal or person brushes past to climb on. They then bite to attach to the skin and start to feed on the blood.

Make it a habit to check your clothes and your body regularly for ticks when you’re outdoors and again when you get home.

Because it doesn’t hurt, you may not notice you’ve been bitten.

Remove the tick as soon as possible using a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or a tick removal tool.

You don’t need to do anything else unless you become unwell, when you should tell your GP.

For more information, search for the phrases ‘ticks’ and ‘Lyme disease’ on www.nhs.uk and www.gov.uk