I came away from a walk in the bush with more than I bargained for.
Fifty or so almost invisible grass ticks had decided to chow down on the left hand side of my body.
Australia has a reputation for being a land of creatures that will bite you. Grass ticks are only the size of a pin head, but boy can they make their presence felt.
Don't let bush ticks stop you and your children enjoying the beautiful Australian bush during tick season.
Here a some helpful tips on avoiding and treating tick bites:
How to avoid being bitten by grass ticks
- wear long sleeved shirt and pants
- wear white or pale clothing
- wear a wide brimmed hat
- trim overhanging branches and bushes in children's play areas
- keep the lawn moved in children's play areas and along pathways
- remove Lantana (ticks seem to like Lantana)
- remove your clothing at the front door when returning from a known tick area to avoid bringing ticks into the house
- add a few drops of lavender oil and citronella oil into your wash
- spray yourself and your clothing and hat with tick repellant. You can make your own chemical free version (this is what we use at preschool):
You will need:
An empty spray bottle
Simply fill the bottle with water and add a few drops of both Lavender and Citronella oil, and spray yourself and your clothing before going on a bushwalk.
Because of their small size, grass ticks are very difficult to remove using tweezers. The best method for grass tick removal I have found is a long soak in a bath with bicarbonate of soda. If the tick still remains, gently go over the top of it with a razor. Applying tea tree oil soothes and gives some relief to the itching.
What about you? Do you have any tips for dealing with ticks?