With spring in full swing and summer breathing down our necks, it time to be aware of blood sucking ticks.
The external parasites – which can carry potentially fatal infections, such as Lyme Disease – become more active at this time of year as the weather warms.
And Gloucestershire has been put in the high-medium risk on the UK Tick Threat Map
Because it’s not just animals that ticks bite, although the ticks that bite humans are not easy to spot.
The spider like creatures are the size of a pinhead, and while most are harmless, they can carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
Tick bites may not be itchy or painful, making them easy to overlook or ignore.
Most tick bites happen in late spring, early summer and autumn because these are peak feeding periods for ticks and the time of year when most people take part in outdoor activities, such as hiking and camping.
Lyme disease can be treated effectively with antibiotics if it’s detected early on.
But if not treated or treatment is delayed, there’s a risk of developing severe and long-lasting symptoms.