Ticks are nature’s dirty needles so to avoid getting sick, avoid tick bites.
Avoid walking in long grass and thick low lying bush with overhanging shrubs and small trees, especially after a rainy or humid day.
Ticks wait on the leaves of shrubs and small trees with legs extended, questing for hosts. They can detect heat emission and carbon dioxide from their host and latch on to them. They prefer warm, moist environments on the body (eg behind the ears, armpit or head). Ticks secrete an anaesthetic in their saliva so you will not feel their bite or their attachment. If you do get bitten by a tick, see out tick removal page.