Warning, ticks are coming back! And it is the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRAE) that warns of the return of these sometimes very dangerous little animals! According to scientists, this year ticks are everywhere, and not just in the forest, to attack the only hikers.
In fact, ticks can also be found in gardens and green spaces around the city. In short, we must be vigilant because they are particularly dangerous in some regions. Always remember that these ticks can cause Lyme disease in humans, a debilitating and painful disease that is transmitted by a tick bite! How do you prevent ticks?
Scientists do not explain the increase in tick bites this year. But in 2020 when we were first incarcerated, they went from 28% to 47% compared to the last three years. And this year, too, the trend is on the rise! This data comes from the first reports on the INRAE application: CITIQUE. This application now makes it possible to report tick bites and to localize them geographically. And also to ensure follow-up care for the bitten patient.
More ticks in the west than in the east?
Tick bites are dangerous for our dog or cat friends, but can be vaccinated against piroplasmosis. In humans, there is this vaccine too, the fact that it takes 3 doses for tick-borne meningoencephalitis. “We have rated this rate of reports of bites in gardens around 35% in western France and closer to 26% in the east,” explains the website franceinter.fr.
“We already identified a risk in the vicinity in 2017 (…). A third of reports of bites occurred in private gardens. We have found that this has been confirmed over the years and that with the strict containment of last year there were fewer bites because people were moving less, but a large increase in private gardens by almost 50%, ”explains Jonas Durand, Engineer at INRAE In the columns of france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr.
INRAE believes that this increase is actually due to limitations! The trips in the forest were limited, the ticks went to the gardens … According to the first data from CITIQUE, the bites were more common in western France than in the east. Probably because the gardens are more numerous there.
At a time when lawn naps, picnics, and barbecues are returning, we must be vigilant.
To avoid getting stung, here are some tips that you should use:
Wear long, light clothing to help identify ticks. Put the bottom of your pants in your socks, not very glamorous, but preventive! Wear clothes and closed shoes, we forget the flip-flops and sandals. Buy a tick puller, an essential innovation for removing the tick’s head! Impregnate clothing with repellants.
What if you get stung?
As soon as you have identified the stinging insect and thus the tick, it is imperative that you go to the doctor treating you … “30% of ticks are carriers of an infectious pathogen, so the suspicion is not trivial. »Explains the website rmc.bfmtv.com.
How do I remove a tick? Photo credit: Shutterstock / Latypova Diana Remove the tick with a tick puller. Do not use tweezers or you may leave your head in the skin. Disinfect the bite with alcohol. Monitor the bite closely. Hold the tick! If this seems unnecessary in the case of infection, redness, or pain, it can be analyzed. It will be easier to diagnose disease transmission.
If the bite is swollen and painful, a blood test will need to be done quickly. Don’t take tick bites lightly, although some are commonplace, it only takes an infected tick to contract Lyme disease!