Ticks: The 5 biggest mistakes

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Ticks are a problem especially in southern Germany, because they are not only very common here, but also dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease and early-summer meningo-encephalitis (FSME) can transmit.

Despite the danger that is increasingly shifting to our home gardens, there are still many misconceptions about the little crawlers. A reason for us to correct them.

Ticks: the 5 biggest mistakes

With ticks and especially the diseases that they can transmit is not to joke. Unfortunately, there are still many mistakes about ticks...

Especially in the forest you are endangered

Unfortunately not. A study by the University of Hohenheim shows that the domestic gardens are increasingly being populated. The ticks are "carried" into the gardens mainly by game and pets. Thus, the danger of gardening is particularly high to catch a tick.

Ticks are active only in summer

Unfortunately not. Even from or to about 7° Celsius, the little bloodsuckers are active. Nevertheless, the warm summer months are much more problematic, as the ticks are much more active during this period due to the high temperatures and increased humidity.

Tick ​​protection products provide adequate protection

Is only partially true. The so-called repellents or Vergrämungsmittel usually offer only a short period of time and depending on Wikstoff a degree of protection. Much better is to put on a total package of repellent, clothing and vaccine protection.

In hazardous areas, it is especially advisable to wear long trousers and either put the trouser hem in the socks or use a rubber band to prevent ticks from gaining access to the body. Since TBE pathogens unlike Lyme disease can be transmitted at the same stitch, it is recommended here to keep the vaccine always active. As a repellent has proven to forestry workers Viticks.

Unscrew ticks is the right method ?!

Not correct! The Stechrüssel the ticks is barbed, so when unscrewing the head or Stechrüssel could break off and lead to an infection or inflow of pathogens.

Ideally, use pointed forceps to exert minimal pressure on the actual body of the tick. Grasp the tick as close to the puncture site as possible and pull it slowly upwards (from the point of view of the puncture) out of the skin.

Ticks can be suffocated by glue or oil

A tick that has already stabbed and sucks to kill is absolutely not recommended.

It does not matter which means is used. The tick stops sucking in the agony and "vomits" into the wound, which increases the risk of infection many times over!


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