Fallacies about ticks
There are many myths told about ticks, but which ones are true? We have the answers for you.
- Ticks fall from trees
Wrong. Ticks are located at a height of about 80 cm and simply bite into the skin of their potential host (animal or human) when they come into contact with them.
- Ticks live exclusively in the forest
Not only. Although ticks are more common in the forest and on forest edges, they can also be found on meadows or in gardens. The closer a garden is to the forest edge, the more likely it is to find ticks.
- Ticks are inactive during winter
The main season lasts approximately from March to November, but if temperatures do not drop below 8°C, they can be active all year round.
- Prompt removal of the tick is sufficient to prevent diseases
The transmission of Lyme borreliosis only takes place after about 16-24 hours, but TBE viruses can already be transmitted via the saliva during the bite.
- Ticks do not occur in all regions
Ticks are widespread throughout Switzerland and can even occur at altitudes of up to 2000 metres.
- The right clothing is enough to protect you from ticks
The right clothing precautions can hold the tick off, but they do not guarantee 100% protection against ticks. They can crawl around for hours until they find a suitable spot to bite.
- Ticks die in heat or icy cold
Unfortunately, this is not so easy. The ticks survive a night at icy temperatures or a wash at 40°C without any problems. Constant minus temperatures or heat above 30°C combined with dryness, however, gives them more trouble.
- Ticks stay with one host
Not necessarily. It can happen that the tick changes the host, e.g. from pet to human.