"Colin Clarke" <>
"Reg Clark" <>
Tue, 28 Nov 2000 18:04:12 +1100
I live in a very tickrich area on Sydney's north shore, every time I look
for birds in our local bush I find that I have become host to two or three
ticks. I find that age and exposure has not conferred any degree of immunity
upon me in fact just the contrary.
No matter how carefully they are dealt with I still suffer headaches,
swelling, itching and discomfort which can go on for days or even weeks.
The pests come in assorted sizes from microscopic to the size of a small pea
but all seem to provoke the same reaction in my case. After killing the
offending creature and removing the body(we usually use a loop of strong
cotton), a local application of Caladryl and an anti-allergen pill is about
all one can do.
On several occasions it has been necessary to get medical assistance for
extractions from difficult spots or from the neck or head.
The current irruption has followed the recolonising of our neighbourhood by
the Southern Brown Bandicoot which seems to be a bountiful host.
Given a choice I think I'd settle for leeches.
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