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Old 08.05.2021, 13:46
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Re: Ticks in Switzerland

Yes, ticks are a issue to be aware of in most areas of Switzerland, this year seems to be especially bad.

Ticks should not stop you from going hiking, though. You should, however, take sensible precautions whenever out and about.

I hike in long trousers and long sleeves - light colored loose cotton - so that I have minimum exposure to ticks. If in an area where ticks are especially problematic I tuck my trouser legs into my socks. I avoid walking through long grass areas when possible.

I have been vaccinated*, and before setting off on a hike I put on anti-tick spray. I keep tick pullers in my hiking first aid kit. After a hike, I check for ticks.

I've only been bitten by a tick once in 20 plus years - and I picked that one up in my own garden.

However, it's a constant issue with my dogs. I use anti-tick prophylactic meds regularly, and do a careful fingertip search after any outing. I've pulled dozens off Robin Goodfellow this year alone - and it's only May. As above, this year seems particularily bad.

Bottom line - be sensible, but don't let worry about ticks stop you from enjoying the great Swiss outdoors.

Happy hiking!


ETA re: Vaccination:

The vaccine available in Switzerland is against FSME (tick born encephalitis). There is no vaccine authorised in Switzerland against Lyme-Borreliose.

Last edited by meloncollie; 08.05.2021 at 14:30.
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