The past week has seen the seasons change and daytime temperatures start to increase. These are signals that ticks are going to become more active once again on our work sites.

  • Awareness of ticks and the diseases they can transmit has increased in the recent past with several well-known people making their diagnosis of Lymes Disease publicly known.

The increase in tick numbers and their activity over the past few years means more of us will come across them in our work than before. It is difficult in our daily work to avoid the types of habitats where ticks live and thrive, so we must remain alert to the risk and reduce the likelihood of a bite where we can. You must do a tick check at the end of each day out on site, the graphic below shows you the hot spots for tick bites. The current predicted risk level can be viewed at http://www.fleatickrisk.com.

We can reduce the likelihood of a tick bite by following the guidance in Tilhill’s Guidance Note GN83. GN83 is a comprehensive guide and gives more details on steps to take to reduce your risk. Your best defence if you do have a tick bite is to quickly identify any ticks that are attached and safely remove using a proper tick removal tool.

GN83 is supported by two further documents, ‘Top Tips for Ticks’ and a ‘Myth Buster’ guide. These are both informative and help to explain a little more about ticks, their habits and lives.

Of course, the ticks will not be going away due to Coronavirus, so even if you are not working at this time you are most likely taking some form of daily exercise which might take place in locations where ticks are prevalent. Do remember to remain vigilant even during leisure activities.

Further reading:

  • Guidance Note ‘Ticks and Diseases’ GN83
  • Top Tips for Ticks (REF/33)
  • Tick Myth Busters (REF/31)