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Old 26.03.2012, 15:59
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Tick Season

On the ch.ch website it mentions that there is a high risk in Spring and Autumn, but is there actually any tick season with real dates? I mean is it possible, with warm weather, that some ticks could come up in November? Or that in June there could to be none?

It's just that I was searching and I found a post from a few years ago made around this time of the year saying that they'd found ticks on their dog. I have already done some 100km of trails in the last month and I wasn't aware that I needed to be taking any precautions yet.
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Re: Tick Season

I've found ticks as early as January and as late as December, depending on the weather.

A normal tick season here in Ausserschwyz is March-November. I generally keep the dogs on tick preventatives during these months.

I hike covered up - no shorts, no short sleeves, no bare feet/ankles. Other than that, I don't worry too much.

Just be sensible, check for ticks after an outing. As for the vaccine: depends on your risk factors - speak with your doctor.

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Re: Tick Season

I just wanted to mention that in the last 3 weeks I've spent at least 70km hiking in the Jura and it's valleys down to Neuchatel and along with 1 week spent with a large group of people who were tumbling through the brush every day, not one of us has yet to pick up a single tick.

This makes me wonder on how prevalent these little guys are. Back home our ticks carry no viruses but are extremely common. My record was 26 within a 60 second walk, and the mate in front of me caught 34 from that same walk. They are common enough that you can look down into the grass and actually find one with it's arms stretched out within seconds.

But here I'm surprised that I've yet to catch a single one.
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Re: Tick Season

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This makes me wonder on how prevalent these little guys are.
A handly map:

http://www.zecken.ch/Karten/karten.html
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Re: Tick Season

Hey

From my experience ticks are active from spring to fall.
There are not many many of them around (and certain areas do have more of them than others), but if you have bad luck, you can get an infection that can radically change your life.

So, as already mentioned by other users, just wear long-sleeved clothes (best when they are white) and check your body after getting home again.
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Old 01.05.2012, 14:28
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Re: Tick Season

This map is impressive... The areas are spreading out more and more every year!
Also, ticks up to Chur? I would have thought that it was high enough up in the mountains
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Old 01.05.2012, 14:34
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So, as already mentioned by other users, just wear long-sleeved clothes (best when they are white) and check your body after getting home again.
Also, be sure to check your body a few days later as well. Ticks have cycles -- they start tiny, barely visible to the naked eye, feed on blood (growing), drop, grow some more, then look for a new host to feed on... The youngest ones will only be visible once they have grown a bit.
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Re: Tick Season

I have found 1 tick on my girlfriend walking along her arm in beginning of march above Aigle. Super-tiny, barely visible by eye, just a moving speck of dust, but definitely a tick after close examination (and extermination).
Grass is their friend, bare skin is their climbing zone and our ignorance is their blessing
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Re: Tick Season

I know a Swiss lady who got bit by a tick and her life has not been same again.
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Old 01.05.2012, 20:02
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Re: Tick Season

Yes, be really careful - I got bitten a couple of years ago near Neuchatel and did not realise till I had problems a few days later.
Thank goodness I had read about it on here as I ended up in hospital in the UK and was able to explain what I thought was the cause.
Saved a lot of time and the early administration of antbiotics..
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Re: Tick Season

I arrived last July, two days in I had a tick from our back garden.

My doctor advised on the jab especially as I walk with the dogs a lot. Also, the dogs have already had a couple of ticks between them this year so far.

Cover up and consider the jab would be my advice.
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Old 01.05.2012, 21:11
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Re: Tick Season

Hello, you lot have scared the crap out of me now, as I have a US-based colleague/friend very, very seriously ill from either Lyme or a motor neurone disease or some accursed combination of the two, but she definitely has Lyme, dormant for years, suddenly activated. I never thought about it before, but reading your posts it sounds like it's a real risk here - I don't hike, but I pootle about on my bike in the country, should I get vaccinated? Does the vaccine even work?
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Old 01.05.2012, 23:18
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Hello, you lot have scared the crap out of me now, as I have a US-based colleague/friend very, very seriously ill from either Lyme or a motor neurone disease or some accursed combination of the two, but she definitely has Lyme, dormant for years, suddenly activated. I never thought about it before, but reading your posts it sounds like it's a real risk here - I don't hike, but I pootle about on my bike in the country, should I get vaccinated? Does the vaccine even work?
The jab he's prolly talking about it the vaccine for the Encephalitis, rather than the Lyme disease. I don't believe there is any properly functioning vaccine for Lyme as of yet (they all seem to carry that silly side effect, that they may cause Lyme itself)!

As for Tick borne-Encephalitis (TBE), only 2% of the ticks in the wild are carrying it. Lyme I believe is found in more than 50% of the ticks in some areas.

But my question still remains unanswered. How common are these little buggers? Back home we have a disease called West Nile Disease. It's carried by one species of mosquito (culix tarsales (sp)). Now where I live, you will prolly end up with some 20 bites every day from mosquitoes in the summer. Despite this, I know of 2 people who have ever encountered West Nile. One got a bad cough, the other was left paralyzed for life. While the potential effect of this disease are high, no one in their right mind would be obsessed about spraying themselves with DDT/Deet/equivalent just to avoid the mosquito, despite what our provincial/municipal governments say.

That all being said, if you ever see a ring developing around a potential bite site you should always have it checked!!! I've been checking myself everyday, even for the smallest little black spots and I'm fortunate enough to have not encountered a tick in this country despite the 150+km I've spent hiking through it in the last month.

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Old 01.05.2012, 23:31
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Re: Tick Season

Just to throw a negative into the mix, I recently became aware of that someone whom I know, lost his wife (whom I didn't) through meningitis contracted from a undetected tick, a couple of years back.

As the death was initially a mystery, an autopsy discovered an infected tick in a "hidden" (and not detected) part of the body.

Having spent many hours as a boy crawling around in the British undergrowth, I always questioned my (Swiss) wife's over reaction to the dangers of ticks ..... till now.
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Re: Tick Season

I've had tick bites twice in the last 12 months. The first resulted in the classic red spot associated with Lyme disease. The doc prescribed doxycycline - a subsequent blood test was negative. The second - in the last few weeks caused kild inflammation. Doc gave me penicilin - still borreliosis antibodies in the blood after a week. Now been upgraded to doxycycline - have to go back for a repeat test in a few weeks.

If you go jogging in forests - especially where there is long grass and shiggy - check yourself over. If you get a rash in the bite area, see the doc right away. Left untreated Lyme Disease can be nasty. Also get yourself - and your kids jabbed against tick borne meningitis.

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Re: Tick Season

They're definitely in La côte, a few family members have found ticks including my wife who was bit last weekend near Trelex
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Re: Tick Season

And now I can confirm that they are on the Trans Swiss trail near Cudrefin. Found one tiny little bugger crawling over my sandals. But unfortunately I squished him, before I could examine him to see what kind of markings he had. It was in pretty deep tall grass and I only found him because I was thinking, that back home I would've found 50 in this grass.
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I just wanted to mention that in the last 3 weeks I've spent at least 70km hiking in the Jura and it's valleys down to Neuchatel and along with 1 week spent with a large group of people who were tumbling through the brush every day, not one of us has yet to pick up a single tick.

This makes me wonder on how prevalent these little guys are. Back home our ticks carry no viruses but are extremely common. My record was 26 within a 60 second walk, and the mate in front of me caught 34 from that same walk. They are common enough that you can look down into the grass and actually find one with it's arms stretched out within seconds.

But here I'm surprised that I've yet to catch a single one.
Consider yourself lucky... my dog has had close to 10 already this year. Pretty much every walk in the Jura she gets at least 1
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Re: Tick Season

Just wanted to bump the thread as a way of a reminder. My family and I went form walk today (26th may) in a forest in Zurich Unterland. I've just found 2 ticks on my 4 year old son (stomach and behind the ear) and one on my wife ( on a part of her body she'd prefer I didn't discuss on this forum). And they are tiny! no more than a mm or so, but jet black, so easy (ish) to spot.
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Re: Tick Season

my boyfriend removes at least 5 ticks per day from each of the cats of his mother the past few weeks
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