The most evil creatures known to man (I have a pathological dislike for them). Ticks are parasites that feed on animal and human blood and if left untreated can cause serious medical issues depending on both the type of tick and the individual concerned. Approximately 70 species can be found in Australia and of these 16 have been reported to feed on humans. Of particular concern is the Paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus) with over 95% of tick bites, and tick born illnesses in Eastern Australia due to this species.

If travelling in areas known for ticks cover up any exposed skin and do a ‘tick check’ at the end of each day.

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