If you spend any length of time hill walking at this time of year in Scotland, then you know how easy it is to pick up ticks. When the bracken stands tall and invades the paths it is all too easy to brush past it allowing the small insects their opportunity to latch on. Here is some tips on hill walking at this time of year to avoid picking up ticks.
- if possible avoid single track paths, especially on lower hills where the bracken and other plants have bushed out
- Wear long socks – helps prevent abrasions from brittle heather too
- Regularly check for ticks during your walk
- Full tick screen, probably in the shower after being out in the hills.
Ticks carry some nasty infections so it is well worth the effort.