The prevention of a serious disease that can be caught through insect bites in Britain will be in focus next week.
March 26th sees the start of Tick Bite Prevention Week, which aims to educate the public about what it can do to avoid being bitten by the parasites.
When able to bite victims, the blood-sucking insects will embed their jaws in the bodies of humans and can transmit Lyme's disease, which if not treated swiftly can lead to long-term debilitating problems varying from soreness and fatigue to concentration loss.
The organisation has warned that milder winters may increase tick numbers, along with a reduction in bracken clearance, sheep dipping and an EU ban on the pesticide asulam that came into force late last year.
Having walking trousers
that cover legs and prevent ticks reaching the skin is one important step.
Those who do get bitten should remove the ticks using fine tweezers without squeezing it as this could push its stomach contents into the wound.
And bite victims should monitor the wound and seek medical attention promptly if it comes up red and swollen instead of healing.