Ticks are very very dangerous. if you get bitten by a tick they can transmit diseases like Lyme disease. In the UK there is lots of countryside and rural areas. This means ticks have a very well established population.
Ticks are small arachnids that are parasitic. This means they feed on blood of animals and even humans. They have a flattened oval shaped body before feeding. After feeding they have a rounded body. Immature ticks in the larvae have 6 legs.
Any area that has vegetation, thick and tall grass is the perfect habitat for ticks. If you do have any pets you should make sure to keep them away from these areas so they do not get prone to having ticks.
Ticks give bites. They look like a red bulls-eye, though this doesn’t have to be seen in order for Lyme disease. If you do have this you should seek immediate medical attention. Ticks transmit hundreds of diseases that can be deadly.
These UK biting insects are a very big nuisance, mainly when the warmer weather arrives. They like it when it is warm but damp. Mosquitos will mostly be around from april, then annoy all us humans for about 6 months.
Mosquitos are small flying insects that are around 1/8 of an inch long to 3/9 of an inch long. They have very small heads with large eyes. They have a throat, abdomen, two wings and 6 legs. They are normally greyish brown to black with white, green or blue markings.
When you are bitten by a mosquito it will often be a soft bump on the skin which is often red. They are incredibly itchy and the symptoms can last up to 48hours.
Midges or gnats are very spiteful and give a painful bite. The bites becomes very itchy and gets very swollen. Midges use co2 to find someone to bite.
Midges like the wet ground and often appear around dawn to dusk. They have a very loud buzz and love to fly around our heads. You can avoid midges biting you by:
- Using insect repellent
- Covering your skin
- Midges pick up c02 from far away so use insect repellent when doing physical activities.