Are you prepared for the dangerous animals in the danish summer?

6. April 2016

Planning to spend your summer holiday on one of the DK-CAMP's 300 very different campsites? Here are some tips on how to avoid getting problems with some of the Danish summer's most dangerous animals, namely the tick, bee and wasp.

The tick - Denmark's most dangerous animals
The tick live by sucking blood from larger animals such as deer and foxes, but it can also settle on us humans. The ticks have 8 legs and looks like a small spider. It often sits in the "top" of the tall grass, waiting for prey to come by.

Once the tick has found a suitable place on your body, it bites and begin to suck blood. You typically first discovers the tick when you spot it. Normally, IT fallS off by itself when it has sucked enough blood. In many cases it is not dangerous to be bitten by a tick. But some ticks carry the dangerous bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. It is therefore important to remove it, because in the worst case can lead to inflammation of the brain and paralysis.

How to remove a tick:
- Buy a special tick-remover at the pharmacy.
- You can also use a small pair of tweezers and grasp the tick as far down as possible without breaking it. Pull slowly until it disengages. Make sure not to twist, this will break the tick.
- If the head remains, there is a risk of infection. Contact a doctor to get it removed if you cannot do it yourself.
- If you have been bitten keep an eye on a red spot around the place where the tick has been sitting. If it gradually gets bigger, contact a doctor.

How to avoid insect stings
- Keep away from things that attract bees, such as flowers, fruit trees, flowering shrubs and lumber.
- Be aware of what you eat and drink outdoors. It is best to avoid sweets outdoors.
- Smells and bright colors attract bees, so it's a good idea to avoid scented creams and strong colors and patterns in clothing.
- Close all windows of the caravan and car, so the bees can not get inside, use insect spray.
- If an accident occurs and you are stung, it is important to remove the stinger quickly, without you squeeze more venom into the skin, for example, with a fingernail. At the pharmacy, you can also buy a small appliance, you can suck the venom out with. Or you can lubricate with cream that prevents itching and reduces swelling.

You should consult a doctor if:
- You get a fever. It may be a sign of infection (inflammation).
- You got stung in the mouth or throat where you may swell and prevent air passage.
- The sting turns red, hot, sore and swollen. These are signs of infection. Let the doctor determine whether treatment is necessary.