How long before ticks bite? Impossible to answer I guess, but any information / experience would be of interest to me and perhaps others.
I recently picked up a couple of very small ticks, spotted one in my stomach and one behind my shoulder when I woke up on Saturday morning (1st April) and so I promptly removed them (with the smaller of the BADA "J" tools) and ringed the bite spots. A week has passed and no sign of the bullseye rash and I have felt OK so hopefully no damage done.
However, the reason for my question is that I had not been stalking since the Weds morning when I shot a Fallow doe (30th March) and I think I would have noticed them over 3 days. So I assume I picked them up on the Friday morning walking the dog, but in an area with no high grass and little history of ticks. The final possibility is stroking our friends lurcher when out for dinner on the Friday night.
I have never checked myself for ticks after dog walks or dog stroking; should I be starting to to now?
I must confess to not checking for ticks post the Weds stalk as I had to rush to work, but I would have thought the ticks would have become engorged and dropped off after three days (assuming I had missed them)?
Any thoughts / insights?