It's not often that a national news report directly refers to businesses like ours but when Fort William GP Dr Jim Douglas recently called on shops in the Scottish Highlands to stock tick-removal aids we though it worth pointing out that ticks are also prevalent in the Scottish Borders grasslands and forests and that Out & About stocks the removal tools to which Dr Douglas is referring.
Of course the best way to avoid the risk of tick-borne Lyme's Disease is not to pick one up in the first place. Common sense measures include avoiding long grass and bracken and wearing trousers and long sleeved clothing with close fitting cuffs. Insect repellents are not just effective against flying beasties but will also repel ticks. Our best selling brand is Smidge (£7)
An alternative removal tool is the Lifesystems Tick Removal Card (£4). This is credit card sized so has the advantage of being able to be slipped in to your wallet ready for use at any time. The card also has a magnifier to help you determine which way you should be engaging the slots to get in underneath the tick's head. There are two differently sized slots to use depending on how large the tick is. The packaging of the card gives clear instructions on how to use it and advice on when medical advice should be sought.
|BBC Report about Ticks|