Hidden threat

Happily, we don’t have too many menacing animals in our place.

There are no poisoned scorpions, blood-thirsty crocodiles, no noiseless panthers and even birds are peaceful.

The only candidates to scare people are wolves, bears, and tigers. Most of them are tired of Russians and that’s why they avoid calm meetings with them living on their own deep inside the forests.

But it doesn’t mean that there are no threats at all. Some of them are so little that it’s even hard to notice them, but they can be more dangerous than a bear.

I’m going to show you the scary one: Ixodes ricinus.
There are many sorts of them: Ixodes ricinus , Ixodes persulcatus, Ixodes ricinus, Dermacentor reticulatus and others. But for simplicity let’s say we have one type and call them “Ixodes”.

Why are they dangerous? Those tiny bugs are carriers for many mortal diseases.
Lyme disease, borreliosis, encephalitis are his “friends”

They need blood of animals for their offspring, so they try to reach some animal or human after they wake up after winter.

They are tiny, their bite is insensitive because they use some anesthetic during biting, so it’s really hard to protect yourself.

But there are a few tricks still.
1. They don’t bite immediately after reaching human’s skin, they crawling pretty long time trying to find the most perspective place for bite. So if you are in the forest you’d better watch yourself more often that once in 2 hours.

2. After biting they suck your blood for 5-6 days, enough time to notice them and to apply for medical help. But remember that it’s better to unplug the bug immediately after detection.

3. Never throw away the bug after unplugging, keep it and pass to the medical center. They can detect was it infected or not, and it can save your life.

4. To prevent getting the company better to use special aerosols and special forest clothes.

5. If you are going to leave in the place where there are many Ixodus, better to be vaccinated.

Those bugs live not only in forests, they can spread into the cities and parks. And there are many cases of biting inside the cities.
Usually in my area local services do special manipulations, spreading chemicals that kill those bugs.

All the territories considered for children playing are processed in a special way.

We even can call that service and ask them to process our personal territories of houses, gardens, summer houses, but I’ve never done it.

It’s a real threat there, and I have many personal stories about those bad guys, but regarding all that amount of time I spend in the forest, it should be so, just a consequences of the law of big numbers

I just read that in May more than 10k people were bitten by those bugs in my area.

If you are a city boy and follow simple rules of safety, perhaps you will never meet them anywhere but in this blog.

11 comments

  1. Interesting, Ivan.
    You said it is a most common threat in your surrounding (probably in your state/country), Don’t your government offer some mandatory steps?
    Because in my state, whenever the monsoon season comes, the government send some municipality workers to spread the anti-mosquito smoke. (I don’t think it is a sophisticated method. People get annoyed many times)

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  2. Hello Ivan, 
    Thanks for sharing. I have never seen that kind of bugs but I think they’re similar to mosquitoes in spreading diseases although they may be more dangerous. However, I can’t think of a bug which can bite for 4-5 days sucking blood without the host noticing. They’re very different from mosquitoes in that aspect.
    I think you should use “venomous scorpions” instead of “poisoned scorpions”. 
    Anyway,an interesting blog! 

  3. Part 1

    Happily, we don’t have too many menacing animals in our place.  There are no poisonous scorpions, blood-thirsty crocodiles, no stealthy noiseless panthers   and even the birds are peaceful.  The only candidates to scare people are wolves, bears, and tigers. Most of them are tired of (seeing) Russians, and that’s why they avoid human contact while calm meetings with them living on their own deep inside the forests.  But it doesn’t mean that there are no threats at all. Some of them are so little that it’s even hard to notice them, but they can be more dangerous than a bear.

    I’m going to show you the scary one: Ixodes ricinus.  There are many varieties sorts of them: Ixodes ricinus, Ixodes persulcatus, Ixodes ricinus, Dermacentor reticulatus and others. But for simplicity let’s just say we have only one type and call them all “Ixodes”.

  4. Part 2

    Why are they dangerous? Those tiny bugs are carriers for many fatal mortal diseases.  Lyme disease, borreliosis, encephalitis are his “friends”.  They need the blood of animals for their offspring, so they try to reach some animal or human after they wake up after winter.  They are tiny; their bite is undetectable (or subtle) insensitive because they use some anesthetic during biting, so it’s really hard to protect yourself.

    But there are a few tricks still.

    1. They don’t bite immediately after contacting reaching human skin.  They crawl for a pretty long time trying to find the most prospective place to for bite. So if you are in the forest, you’d better scan your skin watch yourself more often that once in 2 hours.
       
    2. After biting, they suck your blood for 5-6 days, enough time to notice them and to apply for medical help. But remember that it’s better to detach (or remove) unplug the bug immediately after detection.
       
    3. Never throw away the bug after removing unplugging.  Keep it and pass it to the medical center. They can determine if detect was it is infected or not, and this it can save your life.
       
    4. To prevent getting bit the company(?), it is best better to use special aerosols and special forest clothes.
       
    5. If Half you are going to live leave in a the place where there are many Ixodus insects, you had better get to be vaccinated. (or it is best that you get vaccinated)

    Not bad at all, Ivan.

  5. Part 3

    Those bugs live not only in forests, but they can also spread into the cities and parks. And there are many cases of biting inside the cities.  Usually in my area local services do special manipulations, spreading chemicals that kill those bugs.  All the territories where children might play considered for children playing are processed in a special way.  We can even call that service and ask them to process our personal territories of houses, gardens, and summer houses, but I’ve never done it.  It’s a real threat there, and I have many personal stories about those bad guys, but regarding all that amount of time I spend in the forest, it should be so, just a consequences of the law of big numbers.

    I just read that in May more than 10,000 people were bitten by those bugs in my area.  If you are a city boy and follow these simple rules of safety, perhaps you will never meet them anywhere but in this blog.

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    You have done very well.  Note that I have grouped your sentences to form more appropriate paragraphs.  A paragraph should focus on some central thought or aspect of your overall discussion.  Generally, a paragraph should be around three to five sentences, but that’s just a general rule.

  6. It’s very interesting T.Lee, but I am not sure if you noticed that you mostly changed my style and some word usage but not the simple grammar mistakes!

    Finally it started to work for me! Just chatting with you has improved my English unbelievable.

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