Tick avoidance and the use of appropriate methods of tick removal reduce the potential health-related impacts of tick bites.
- The Paralysis tick is the most commonly encountered tick attaching to humans in Australia, and occurs along the east coast.
- Bites from the larvae are especially frequent, particularly during mid- to late summer and early autumn (February to May).
- Possible adverse effects from the bite include allergic reactions (even anaphylaxis), paralysis and tick typhus rickettsiae.
- Antitoxin is available for patients suffering from tick paralysis.
- Prevention of tick bite includes habitat avoidance and the use of insect repellents.
- Other tick species that occasionally bite humans include the Kangaroo tick and the Brown Dog tick.