(ticks) They are bloody EVERYWHERE this year.
Yes, two people I know have had three ticks this summer and I have known of no previous cases in all my time here.
Parasites and bacteria is an interesting twist to the wildlife thread.
Be careful about the old meths/denaturat trick - avoid it if you can, especially if the tick has been there for a while and has managed to really get embedded. They release their stomach contents into the host's bloodstream in many cases.
Yes, I just found this out, in Ireland, we use oil to smear on the tick's arse, apparently that's where they bread through, although that could just be a funny way of putting it.
But a recent trip to the doctor's with someone with a tick said they may regurgitate into your blood stream.
As for Lyme disease, this has to be one of the worst descriptions I have read on Wiki, I mean how vague can you get??? :
Signs and symptoms
Lyme disease can affect multiple body systems and produce a range of symptoms. Not all patients with Lyme disease will have all symptoms, and many of the symptoms are not specific to Lyme disease, but can occur with other diseases, as well. The incubation period from infection to the onset of symptoms is usually one to two weeks, but can be much shorter (days), or much longer (months to years).
Life cycle of a tick:
about one in four of them carry the virus...
Is that true?