Campers reminded of tick peak season

Camping enthusiasts have been reminded that peak season for ticks is due to begin soon.

The tiny arachnids are most commonly seen from late spring to early autumn and they have the potential to cause people significant health problems, according to the Press Association.

They are known to transmit Lyme disease, which can affect a person's joints, nervous system and heart if left untreated, with most of the 905 cases of the illness reported in 2010 being acquired in southern England.

What worries many experts is that the majority of incidents go by unnoticed, particularly since the number of people affected is on the increase. Anyone heading to campsites in forests, heaths and moorlands over the next few months should take note of advice from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Mail Online reported advice from organisation, which included wearing long trousers and applying insect repellent when walking or camping. Tick Bite Prevention Week started on Monday (March 26th) and will go on until Sunday.

Dr Hilary Kirkbride of the HPA said: "If you find a tick it should be removed promptly, as infected ticks are unlikely to transmit the infection if they are removed in the early stages of attachment. Ticks can be removed with tweezers or tick hooks. People who develop a rash or other symptoms ... should consult their GP."