They were bad last year, I shot an early buck in May last year and collected 8 ticks of the little bugger, that's a record for me. It is a constant battle with the dogs this year, I've only had a couple I am happy to say. I always thin that after a soft winter there is always more of them, and midges!
we were getting tick of the dog and ourselves in march on the west coast . We had a few in the borders a few weeks ago also on some sika duncan shot must be the good weather we are in at the moment muddy
You have a seasonal rise and fall in tick numbers. Apart from their mouth parts they also have a sort of glue to stick to their host takes time for this to breakdown. The health protection agency is running a recording scheme.
goto www.hpa.org.uk goto topics a-z click on T download pdf of instructions. send them some of your ticks. Worthwhile IMO.
My wife is convinced of the anti tick properties of Marmite, and duly adds a diluted spoonful of the stuff to the dogs food everyday, and she maintains that there is improvement. I don't know if this is the case or not but the dogs love it. It may just seem to be the case but it appears to be as effective as the commercial, and expensive, anti tick sprays for dogs.
Can I recomend the Tick Lasso...quite simply the bst tick remover I've ever seen (yes I know I sell them but I'm not touting for business, it really is excellent)
It grips around the head with a loop of nylon so you don't have the risk of squeezing body contents into the wound.
While I was away my wife pulled a tick from on the edge of the dogs eyelid with tweezers (I'd taken the Lasso with me) and left the mouth parts in. With the Lasso I was able to remove the mouth parts quickly and easily.