My dad said that up until he came to this part of France, he'd never heard of ticks. Why do you have to be careful? Ticks carry Lyme's Disease and although the chances of catching it are slim, I mean first you have to get a tick, if one stays in for longer than 12 hours then its more likely but you really don't want to get Lyme's Disease. Anyway, to get a tick off you don't want to just pull it because its head might stay in and that's when its most likely. So here am I staring at a Ticks bottom and my mum's bottom first thing on a Sunday morning, nice... Well there's lots of stories about how to get them out, but the easiest way I've found is this fancy hook they sell here. (see pic). You just make the skin around the bite taut, slip this thing on pressing firmly turn it a few times and pull hard. It came out with a satisfying pop, just like that. The last time I encountered a tick on a person was someone on a course and they spent about three hours labouring with needles to get it out in an unsuccessful and painful manner. Good idea to have one of these in your first aid kit.
The way that my mum realised she had one was because she went to scratch what she thought was a mozzi bite and felt something tried to pull it and all her skin lifted up with it. Nice detail I know, but good it's to know these things.
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