In the UK, there are 15 species of ticks which are known to attach to humans. Many of these species carry various infective organisms, for which currently there are few vaccines. Infections from these organisms can be difficult to diagnose and treat and so it is therefore very important to avoid contracting them.
Our Top Ten Tips for defence offer simple ways to prevent tick bites and to discourage ticks from our gardens.
Here we explain the importance of using safe methods to remove ticks and how to do it. We also explain why using incorrect methods can increase the risk of disease transmission.
Find out what methods are available to control ticks in both the rural and domestic environment.