5. Do the tick check!

When you are out for the day, a quick inspection for ticks on clothing and exposed areas of skin can help to detect ticks before they have attached or soon after.

You can help your companions by being a ‘tick buddy’ and checking for ticks in places they can’t see, such as the back of the head, hairline and behind their ears.

After being outdoors, take special care to inspect all over the body; during a bath or shower is a good time to check. Favourite places for ticks to attach include the belly button, groin, underarms, behind the knee and areas where clothing presses (such as the waistband and under watch straps). It helps to use a mirror to check areas that are hard to see.