BE WARNED – CHECK YOURSELF AFTER EVERY NIGHT OUT!
This large jackal had many ticks on it, I actually
hate having to handle them to much, and if I do I make
no contact at all, only with my hands.
Afterwards I inspect my hands PROPERLY and if I have
any open cuts on my hands I wear a glove, these
animals are full of ticks, fleas, rabies, worms etc,
they are very very unhealthy to handle if truth be
told, and make sure if you skin these animals for his
fur to always wear a glove!- if you have an open cut
and it gets infected you are in trouble and you can
contract a disease.
Here are a few things you can do that may help, I try
do them as much as possible.
This photo shows how I personally like to wear my
shoes, I wear them and prop up the tubes at the bottom
like in the army, then cover them with a sock. Then no
tick can get on my skin, after every stand I do I use
a torch and check my pants and boots. I check my
hands, cuffs all the time. While I sit and wait for
jackals to come in I often shine a tiny red torch over
my legs and feet, I am always checking.
If we hang up jackals at the back I do not allow any
part of myself to make contact with that section of
the truck. I do my most to keep away from any contact
at all. Walking in the bush and brushing up against
grass etc, makes it easy for ticks to grip onto you.
When I get home, I take a few minutes to go over
myself and clothes well, and at night I bath in warm
water with DETTOL. I check my boots well and the more
you check the better!
My friend has a white sheet he takes on hunts, and
puts his clothes on that over night and the next
morning he can see if any crawlies have walked off he
BUT I don’t take chances, in the field I always have
extra water, I wash my hands after any contact, call
me a chicken I don’t care, BUT I don’t want tick fever
and lie in a hospital!
Ticks like to climb up a tall piece of Karoo bush,
stubble or long grass, they then hang on the end with
the body positioned to grab, and when cattle or so
walk past and brush against the grass they hook onto
it, so be warned you walk through tons of grass at
night so check yourself! I am shit scared of a tick!
Ticks lay up to 8000 eggs, and carry Typhus, Congo
fever, cattle red water fever and heart water disease;
also they have the fatal dog disease biliary.
Female ticks look somewhat ballooned - really blown
up, males have a hard shell and cannot expand.
If you get a tick that has bitten you, take a sharp
pointed pliers or tweezers, grab the tick, and at a 90
degree angle gentle pull it off. If it leaves the head
behind DO NOT burn it or put slimy stuff on it, but
take a tweezers and pull it off, if you cant get
burn that area. The head should come away after a
little manipulation. Then use Dettol or another germ
killer like 100% alcohol to that area. If in doubt get
When the tick bites a human, the bacterium is
transmitted in the saliva, the bite looks like a small
ulcer with a black inside, You may also have a rash
and/or an eschar (scab), and enlarged lymph nodes near
the eschar. Severe headaches and feeling bad after 7
days is common.
If you start getting symptoms of tick fever seek help
This was another jackal that had severe ticks on it,
after a night out I spend as long as it takes looking
over my body in search of ticks, I then bath in water
with Dettol in it, I make 100%
that I carry NO TICKS.
CHECK YOURSELF CAREFULLY!