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    Super Moderator Metric Kate's Avatar
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    Ticks target cyclists too - Milly picked up one on our bike ride across Knoydart!

    Still, the tick-twister works a treat :-)

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    I've never even seen one!

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    Shit! They're out early. Does that mean the evil little winged, blood sucking wee beasties will start feeding earlier, too?

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    It's been a mild winter, so probably.

    I've see Bumble Bees and Honey Bees flying about, normally to early for them where I live, usually an other few weeks before they are seen.

    I'm out at weekend, if I find wee beasties about I'll let peeps know.

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    Dogs got its first tick. Just found it this morning.... in Devon

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    > Does that mean the evil little winged, blood sucking wee beasties will start feeding earlier, too?

    We saw some midges in Glen Roy in the first week of March. They weren't biting yet...

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    Probably the current warm weather means they will start feeding earlier.

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    It depends upon when the males come out.

    It's only the females that bite and suck blood, to get food so they can produce eggs.

    (I am saying nothing about the fairer sex)

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    Time to dig out the twizzler? I've been meaning to refresh my 1st aid kit for a while.l

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    no sign of midges near us yet, but I'd not expect to see many before the end of May in most places.

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    Ticks are active if temp is 3.5 degrees or above......glad to hear some of your guys using your O'Tom Tick Twister....we are on day 4 of Tick Bite Prevention Week....
    We are backing the research being done by the below guys...all the information will help raise awareness about ticks...so if any of you guys live in scotland could you spare a few mins to do the questionaire....


    On the subject of ticks and Lyme disease, you may be interested to know that a leading Scottish life sciences company called Xeroshield is currently looking for members of the public who live and/or work in Scotland to take five minutes to fill out a simple online survey as part of a major new study.

    Xeroshield is exploring the development of a device to remove ticks from humans and pets, combined with a laboratory service for the detection of Lyme disease in ticks collected and immobilised using this device. The study is designed to assess the potential market for such a product and service. But it is also expected to generate valuable data about general awareness of ticks and Lyme disease in Scotland.

    The survey asks a series of very straightforward questions about people?s own experience of ticks and Lyme disease in Scotland. Xeroshield is keen to hear from anyone who spends long periods of time outdoors for work or leisure and is therefore at higher risk of being bitten by ticks.

    At a later stage, Xeroshield also plans to carry out more detailed interviews and focus groups and would be particularly interested to hear from anyone willing to participate in these later this year.

    If you live and/or work in Scotland, would like to find out more about this project, and to complete the ticks and Lyme disease survey online, please visit: xerolyme.wordpress.com.

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