Cameraman Godfried went out on the Veluwe (Netherlands) and talked to several walkers, gardeners, and golfers about the tick, Lyme disease, the living area of the tick and the chance of getting infected. Do you think you know everything about the tick? Take a look at the movie!
Ticks and tick bites is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about walking, playing, working, or doing sports outdoor. The air and sunshine are very healthy, but you cannot enjoy this without care. Ticks and other stinging and biting insects interrupt this joy, and they can cause, next to itchy lumps, infectious diseases. For example, the tick can be infected with the Borrelia bacteria, which transfers Lyme disease. This disease is treated with difficulty, and that is why it is better to prevent than cure!
Ticks are small spider-like animals, which are almost invisible to the bare eye. Because of this the ticks become even more dangerous: most of the time you discover a tick after he has bitten the skin and has sucked himself with blood. That is why it is important to check yourself after you have been in grass, bushes, or heath. Also, be sure to have tick tweezers with you at all times. Remove the tick within 8 hours to decrease the risk of infection of Lyme disease. Ticks are common everywhere, in your garden, at the golf course, and in the park too. Everyone has an equal chance of getting a tick bite.
Tick bites are preventable by protecting yourself. The tick comes from below, through grass, heath, and bushes, and it climbs on passing preys, like pets and humans. Did you discover a tick on your body? Remove it by using the tick tweezers. During the tick season, which starts every year in April, make sure you have a scheduled moment in your day to check yourself on ticks. In particular sockets like armpits, popliteal, groin, and the hairline are the favorite spots of a tick to hide himself in. For example, create a scheduled moment of the tick check after brushing your teeth. Or in every break, in the case if you are outside a lot.