Where do ticks live
Ticks are found all over the country: in forests, parks, heaths, dunes, and gardens. They mostly live in tall grass near trees or bushes or in decomposing leaves. Ticks can attach themselves to human skin. A tick bite can make you ill. In the Netherlands, ticks can transmit Lyme disease and, in rare cases, tick-borne encephalitis (TBE).
Important to check
Check your body and clothing for ticks after visiting green areas. Ticks can attach themselves to anything, but they prefer the groin and buttocks, armpits, along the edges of underwear, behind the ears, and around the hairline at the neck. If you have a tick bite, remove the tick quickly. The longer the tick is attached to your skin, the higher the risk that it will transmit diseases.
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When to see a doctor
Go see your GP if you have one or more of these symptoms after a tick bite:
- Expanding discolouration of the skin at the location of the tick bite. This ‘ring’ around that spot can appear for up to three months after a tick bite.
- Fever, possibly accompanied by muscle ache and joint pain, in the first weeks after the bite.
- Joint problems, skin conditions, nervous complaints or cardiac symptoms may sometimes develop. This can occur if early symptoms of Lyme disease were not treated with antibiotics. However, these symptoms may also be the first signs of the disease.