Adult is grey-blue. Up to 1cm in length when engorged. Emergency measures
Do not remove tick from known allergic individuals. Freeze tick with wart-removal freeze sprays or sport cold sprays, available from the chemist. Or remove with fine-tipped tweezers by grasping behind the head, close to the skin. Avoid squeezing the body. Pull upwards with steady pressure, avoiding twisting or jerking. Keep tick for potential identification. Wash site with soap and warm water, pat dry and use antiseptic cream or powder. Apply a cold pack. Use pain-relief medication if needed. Take antihistamine if swelling or itching persists. Call 000 if severe allergic reaction occurs. Lingering effects
Localised swelling and redness. Allergic reactions include rash, flu-like symptoms, breathing difficulty, swelling throat, light intolerance, weakness, collapse. Action needed?
Be vigilant in high humidity. In tick-infested environments, wear light-coloured pants and a long-sleeved shirt treated with permethrin. Use insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin. On returning home, put clothing in a hot dryer for 20 minutes, and check body thoroughly for ticks.