Published on 12 October 2023
The paralysis tick is the most common tick in Lake Macquarie. It is often referred to as a grass tick, seed tick or bush tick depending on its stage of development. Ticks are most active during periods of high humidity, especially after rain.
Paralysis ticks are not particularly mobile and rely on passing people or animals for a blood meal. They will crawl up the stems of grasses or along branches and ‘perch’, ready to latch on to passing animals or people.
Always leave your shoes outside, and check them for ticks, remembering that ticks can be as small as a poppy seed and a challenge to see.
Ticks often attach to clothing, so take your clothes off and put them in a dryer at high heat for at least 15-20 minutes. The high temperature will kill the ticks and prepare the clothes for washing.
Check yourself thoroughly. Check all areas of the body - ticks particularly like:
The Tick Off product by Medi Freeze is the recommended method for tick removal and can be requested by Landcare groups. It must be stored below 25 degrees and a storage case to assist in this requirement can also be requested. Detailed instructions for use and storage will be provided.
A common reaction after a tick bite is an itchy red lump that may persist for a week or more. A ‘bulls-eye’ rash over the bite or swelling over a large area may indicate an abnormal reaction, which should be seen to by a medical professional.
If you or your Landcare group feel you have exposure risk, see high numbers of ticks, are getting tick bites or seeing ticks on skin or clothing before they attach, or are otherwise concerned please contact us to discuss your situation and what assistance we may be able to provide.