Blood suckers are back
FLOWERS are blooming and bees are buzzing, but the arrival of spring has also heralded a hidden nasty – the dreaded tick. With the arrival of spring, bush walkers and campers are being advised to take precautions against ticks.
Gladstone Regional Council has received recent reports about the increased activity of ticks at The Oaks campground on Facing Island.
They are believed to be the less potent Brown Dog ticks and not the paralytic ticks.
With ticks at their liveliest during spring and summer, Gladstone Regional Council has advised visitors to Facing Island and The Oaks campground to take preventative measures against the insect.
Ticks attach themselves to the skin of animals and humans moving through bushland and feed on their host’s blood for several days.
There are a number of ways in which people can deter ticks when camping or moving through bushland, including wearing light-coloured clothing to make ticks easier to see and tucking trousers into socks and shirts into pants decreases ticks’ ability to evade sight.
Using an insect repellent containing Diethyl Tolumaide (DEET) or picaridin on your skin, shoes and socks also keeps ticks at bay and should be reapplied every few hours.
Children and pets should be examined for ticks after visiting bushland areas and upon returning to camp or home, people should remove clothing and search carefully for ticks, especially behind the ears, the back of the head, neck, groin, armpits and backs of the knees.
Dog owners are encouraged to keep their dogs tick-free by applying one of the commercially available tick control products to their pets prior to arriving on Facing Island.