I just thought I would share my experience of the little critters.
I stalk some heavily infested ground in Perthshire and for the last 5 years have had over 100 ticks bite into me.
Today I read the Lymes Disease article in the shooting gazette and it got me thinking how Ive probably been lucky I haven't got lymes disease yet. Especially when I have pulled most out with my fingers and occasionally a few days later.
The article says that to help prevent contracting the disease the ticks should be removed quickly and completely. (not with fingers)
Any ways the point I was getting to was the most effective tick bite prevention I have found is by wearing base layers.
I wear some merino wool or synthetic base layers whenever stalking and it massively reduces the number of ticks I have to remove from my body. Since wearing base layers I have only had to remove them from under my watch strap!