1. Know where to expect ticks

Many rural and urbanised areas in the UK and Ireland can pose a potential risk. Ticks need high levels of humidity to complete their life cycle. Areas of dense vegetation, such as long grass or bracken, woodland, and overgrown shrubs and ground-cover plants in gardens can provide this. Visiting wildlife (such as squirrels, hedgehogs, birds and deer) provide the necessary blood feeds for tick survival and this can assist a local tick population to increase. Animals can also transport ticks to new areas.