Gardening Australia - - WILDLIFE -

Iden­ti­fy­ing marks

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.

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