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Beware Tick Bites and Lyme disease Increase.

The Swiss league for patients with tick-borne diseases recommends that people prevent tick bites by avoiding bushes and tall grass, by wearing clothing that covers the arms, legs and feet, and by checking the body carefully for ticks and their larvae.



http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/bite-spr...-rise/42389776
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Re: Beware Tick Bites and Lyme disease Increase.

Heads up!

There are/will be more ticks around Switzerland than the usual. We had a very frosty winter for them to survive.

More info in English here



If you have kids, double check them if they play in the field or after going on hike. Ticks can transmit bad diseases. Here a risk map where infected ticks are easily found
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Re: Beware Tick Bites and Lyme disease Increase.

I had always underestimated the seriousness of Lyme disease until recently, when I met a lady, about 35-40 years old, who got Lyme disease from these horrible bugs: She looked so bad that I was shocked... She used to be a teacher at my son's Kita, but had to stop working since she could not cope with the physical and mental demands of the work. Not fun at all.
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Re: Beware Tick Bites and Lyme disease Increase.

Got bitten by a tick last August, it was in the city not somewhere rural. I think most likely outside of my house where we have a bit of shrubbery and a path that goes under some trees.

Few weeks later red rash appeared so I went to emergency. They took the blood sample and in a day I had a voicemail telling me to immediately come in as I got borreliosis. The urgency from the doctors side scared me to death, but two weeks of anti biopics seemed to work.

I'm scared of the summer a bit now, don't want to turn two weeks of antibiotics into an annual tradition. So even the city dwellers are at risk.
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Re: Beware Tick Bites and Lyme disease Increase.

Our long-haired cat is bringing in about 5 to 6 new ticks a day at the moment.

We have tried every preventative method from ultrasound device on his collar through various Front Line like chemical solutions, including a spirit that is dropped on his food, which he likes.

Nothing is anything like 100% effective and all we seem to have done is reduce the ticks that actually attach to his skin, but increase the loose ones roaming in his fur, which a fine comb picks up or they fall off in the house - when we spot them.

We bought special tick extracting tweezers too.

Shaving the cat seem to be the only solution...
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Shaving the cat seem to be the only solution...
Our short haired cat gets ticks quite regularly.

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..., but two weeks of anti biopics seemed to work...
I'm imagining box sets of unflattering biographical films.
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Re: Beware Tick Bites and Lyme disease Increase.

FrontlineCombo for cats which you rub on the neck of your cat where she can't lick it straight off - it must reach the skin - worked perfectly with my cat in an enviroment known for loads of ticks. Got it from the vet.
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Mine used to be a stray, spent weeks and weeks in the forest and the fields in summer, pretending she doesn't know where she lives. When she did show up, she never brought any of these parasites back.
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Re: Beware Tick Bites and Lyme disease Increase.

A few friends I know feed their pets lots of garlic -- seems to work.
Might work for humans, too, if you don't mind the dragon breath.
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Re: Beware Tick Bites and Lyme disease Increase.

Ticks scare the bejesus out of me. My 5 year-old seems to be a magnet; and I dread our walks through the woods!

For those with kids, you can buy tick spray which works as a repellent. Spray on trousers/ shoes/ bags, and that does reduce the number of ticks willing to hitch a ride. You can also get kids vaccinated - ask your paediatrician. Mind, there is no vaccine against borreliosis, but there is one against encephalitis. Some info here on https://www.ch.ch/en/ticks/
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Our short haired cat gets ticks quite regularly.
At least you can see them!
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Our long-haired cat is bringing in about 5 to 6 new ticks a day at the moment.


Was that also so last year? The usual?
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Re: Beware Tick Bites and Lyme disease Increase.

We're living in a high risk area of the disease carrying ticks girls and I are vaccinated, as is Lizzie the dog.
She wears an anti-tick collarat all times and also gets sprayed lightly with Frontline before walkies and gets brushed throroughly after each walk, this way we can reduced the take of the dastarting parasites to a minimum of 6-10 per warm season.
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There are/will be more ticks around Switzerland than the usual. We had a very frosty winter for them to survive.
Actually a good cold winter will reduce tick numbers. The cold snap we had in January and probably the April frosts should have taken their numbers down a bit - it's warm winters like 2015/16 they love.

Either way there will still be enough to worry about anyway.
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Was that also so last year? The usual?
We didn't have the long-haired cat until late September last year and it didn't go out until November. So there was no problem until mid/late March this year.

Until 3 years ago we had a short-haired cat that hardly could be bothered to go out at all and Front Line worked 100% on her...
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Re: Beware Tick Bites and Lyme disease Increase.

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Actually a good cold winter will reduce tick numbers. The cold snap we had in January and probably the April frosts should have taken their numbers down a bit - it's warm winters like 2015/16 they love.
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Because of the cold winter, there is now an above-average number of ticks so far this spring, Dr Norbert Schütz from the Swiss League for Tick-Related Illnesses told swissinfo.ch. As “the ground was frozen in December and January”, the ticks were able to “save up lots of energy for when they woke up in warmer weather” after hibernating.
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/a-bitin...ticks/43143588
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Our long-haired cat is bringing in about 5 to 6 new ticks a day at the moment.

We have tried every preventative method from ultrasound device on his collar through various Front Line like chemical solutions, including a spirit that is dropped on his food, which he likes.

Nothing is anything like 100% effective and all we seem to have done is reduce the ticks that actually attach to his skin, but increase the loose ones roaming in his fur, which a fine comb picks up or they fall off in the house - when we spot them.

We bought special tick extracting tweezers too.

Shaving the cat seem to be the only solution...
The problem is that the ticks doesnt know yet about these products

There is nothing that you can do on your garden to prevent the ticks?
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Re: Beware Tick Bites and Lyme disease Increase.

https://dengarden.com/gardening/How-...icks-Naturally
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Re: Beware Tick Bites and Lyme disease Increase.

They try to have it both ways...
http://www.t-online.de/ratgeber/gesu...n-winter-.html
(I remember seeing many similar reports last year)

Edit - this article actually includes both views in one:
http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/news/story/23896672
So basically seems they don't know.
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