Beware of ticks

These nasty blood-suckers are notoriously difficult to dislodge, and can cause some serious diseases. Therefore I highly recommend tick prevention measures are taken.

Chemical way: Scalibor Protector Band. It shall offer protection for up to 6 months against sand flies, mosquitoes and ticks (available at your vet).

Natural alternative: Nigella sativa oil. Oil produced from the seeds of Nigella sativa, known as black cumin, black onion seed, or just nigella, was used by German students for an experiment of “Jugend forscht” in 2014. They soaked a shirt, and put it in a box with ticks who fled the shirt (available at pharmacies, drug- or health food stores. German name: Schwarzkümmelöl).

In the following movie you can see that the ticks don’t want to step onto the soaked paper: