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Ticks in Switzerland

Hi everybody,

I recently moved to Switzerland and have discovered that almost every Canton is a risk area for ticks, which is really a surprise for me. I'm glad that there is a vaccine for one of the diseases, but overall, I'm a bit concerned since I really like to go hiking.
I still think that is not a big problem because I didn't hear stories about ticks from people, and a lot of persons are still going hiking, so maybe ticks are not that common.

Is there a way for a country to defeat this problem or at least decrease it?

May I ask you feedbacks/ stories about this topic, and should I be concerned going hiking? Thanks
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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.

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Re: Ticks in Switzerland

Bug spray. Check yourself and your pets after a walk.
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Re: Ticks in Switzerland

Ticks are very common. If you go hiking in the woods, it is a good idea to check yourself over afterwards. Wear long pants, sticking the bottoms into your socks also helps, especially if you are going into bushy areas. There is also tick spray available. We use it whenever we go into the forest during spring and summer and have never had any. My daughters friend did just recently get one after doing an orientation run with school in the woods, but they did have to go into the undergrowth.
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Re: Ticks in Switzerland

I had to get used to it.

Soon after moving here I planned a trip to Africa and went to the clinic to update my shots. The doctor was very relaxed as he saw that I moved here from south east Asia and I already had everything I needed and he just had to prescribe some malaria pills.

Then he suddenly went “wait, you live near Zuriberg!. Nevermind Africa, you live in a dangerous area!” Then he told me all about ticks and gave me the shots for that!

Then I went golfing, went to look for my ball in the long grass and my Swiss playing partner hollered out to be careful in the long grass. I jumped out thinking snakes! He said not snakes, ticks! Since then I’ve been careful.

Hiking, golfing, all ok, just remember to check for ticks when you’re done, and get the shots.
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Re: Ticks in Switzerland

I live in a high tick risk area. This year it seems about average: our cat has 2 or 3 a week from our garden and the woods opposite.

I walk with shorts - as I have today - but keep well out of long grass and always check after a walk/hike. Anti-brum will keep off flies and most ticks.

I have removed one tick from my Partner and never been bitten myself in 32 years here. We‘ve been vaccinated.

So, be careful and don‘t worry!
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Re: Ticks in Switzerland

Switzerland is a little anti-pesticide at the moment. Don’t expect any miracles from that front.
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Basically, global warming is to be blamed.
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Re: Ticks in Switzerland

Thanks everybody for the answers!

So basically after a walk/ hike is better to check yourself to see if there is a tick on you. But being so small, if I miss it, that thing will still be attached to me without my knowledge? I mean, does it hurt after a while?
I just want to prevent being infected or at least being able to go to the doctor in time, and I'm worried that I may miss being bit and that can cause some serious problems if not treated in time.

I was so ready to check every beautiful hiking spot in Switzerland, I guess I will stick to the lake
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Hi everybody,

I recently moved to Switzerland and have discovered that almost every Canton is a risk area for ticks, which is really a surprise for me. I'm glad that there is a vaccine for one of the diseases, but overall, I'm a bit concerned since I really like to go hiking.
I still think that is not a big problem because I didn't hear stories about ticks from people, and a lot of persons are still going hiking, so maybe ticks are not that common.

Is there a way for a country to defeat this problem or at least decrease it?

May I ask you feedbacks/ stories about this topic, and should I be concerned going hiking? Thanks
I‘ve run/walked in the forests above Zurich at least 3 times a week over the past 4 years. Never had a problem. My common sense tells me however (like every year) that I should actually pop into the local pharmacy to get an appointment for a quick vaccination. In-fact, I might well do that this year.

With dogs though, you do need to pay special attention if they love rummaging around.
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Hi everybody,

I recently moved to Switzerland and have discovered that almost every Canton is a risk area for ticks, which is really a surprise for me. I'm glad that there is a vaccine for one of the diseases, but overall, I'm a bit concerned since I really like to go hiking.
I still think that is not a big problem because I didn't hear stories about ticks from people, and a lot of persons are still going hiking, so maybe ticks are not that common.

Is there a way for a country to defeat this problem or at least decrease it?

May I ask you feedbacks/ stories about this topic, and should I be concerned going hiking? Thanks
Hey, wouldn't it be cool if we already had a ton of threads about ticks? Oh wait, we do https://www.englishforum.ch/search2.php?q=ticks
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Ticks are seasonal. Medications, treatments and prevention are constantly evolving. If you look at YOUR OWN search results, 99% of the threads are from between 2010-2019.


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Ticks in Switzerland (46) 16.May.2021
Tick Season (30) 19.Sep.2020

Op just clearly didn't search. And no... much hasn't changed in the last 2 years with regards to tick technology (ticknology?), hence I guess why the mods merged the threads.
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Tick Season (30) 19.Sep.2020

Op just clearly didn't search. And no... much hasn't changed in the last 2 years with regards to tick technology (ticknology?), hence I guess why the mods merged the threads.
Did they? I still see both threads.
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