tger greenhaddock: Tick Season

Monday, June 13, 2005

Tick Season

It's that time of the year again when the ticks are about. It's not a huge problem in our area of Germany, but they are around and reading about Lyme's disease at this time of year is not good for one's well being. Both of our cats have picked up a couple in the last few weeks, and the Juniorettes best friend had one just under her eye last week which had to removed by a doctor.

The little beasties hang out on grass leaves and other vegetation and then attach themselves to passing animals including humans. They then proceed to burrow into the skin with their head, leaving the abdomen exposed, and feast on the hosts blood.

I had my first (and only) tick last year. I never noticed it. It was Mrs Haddock who spotted it on my lower leg. We finally removed it with tweezers, but it was a fiddly to do, and we weren't sure if we got all the head out. We now have a specialised tick removal tool.

The builders quote for the front path came today, and was higher than expected. A bit of a shock, but we will still get the work done by them. We have used them in the past, know the standard of their work, and besides, in the end it pays to go with quality rather than price.


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