Found a tick in your house? Our experts say there are 3 things you need to do.
Whether it’s dead or alive we explain what to do next.
Your unattached tick didn’t have a long life ahead before you found it in your home as most of our UK native species cannot survive indoors. The exception to this is the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) which can survive and reproduce in the home, although this is still uncommon and most often associated with dogs that have travelled abroad. Ticks can be tiny before they feed – as small as a sesame seed - and they tend to be found in areas where they are hard to spot. On your pet that’s around the ears and between the toes, on children it’s often around the hairline. Carefully remove any ticks found using a tick remover tool or seek help from your doctor or vet, as appropriate.