Volunteer Ranger Kate Jones tells us some facts about ticks in this very informative blog.
If you go for a jaunt along one of the many beautiful wooded valleys in Exmoor on a warm day you may pick up a friend or two along the way. The term ‘friend’ is used lightly as it will end up being a one-sided relationship of all take and no give. So tuck your trousers in your socks and roll those sleeves down because we are of course talking about the delightful deer tick (Ixodes scapularis).
Now whatever you may think about these little critters you can’t deny that they are absolutely fascinating. They are an arachnid that feeds on the blood of mammals, birds and occasionally us. They definitely have a penchant for binge drinking as they only feed three times in their two year life cycle.
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