The seasonal and diurnal activities of individual sheep ticks
(Ixodes ricinus L.).
There are several species of tick in the UK, but the one most likely to bite humans is the sheep tick
, Ixodes ricinus.
The owner originally believed the injury was caused by a sheep tick
but a vet later removed an airgun pellet from Indy's hind leg.
phagocytophilum (2), which in Europe is transmitted by the sheep tick
, Ixodes ricinus (3).
As part of its life cycle the sheep tick
, Ixodes ricinus, needs a blood meal from a host animal and the adult females are most likely to be found attached to the head, legs or other areas of skin not covered by wool.
"Last summer we noted a big rise in sheep tick
numbers," said Terry Large, chairman of the Campaign for Falconry.