Now call me a nut if you like, but I'm a great believer that every animal on earth has a purpose in life. And I really do mean EVERY animal. Somewhere in the great scheme of things every creature on earth was designed to fulfill a purpose of some sort. It may be a very tiny purpose, like being a snack for something higher up the food chain, but nevertheless it's a purpose.
It's possible even our own species had a purpose at one time. I think it had something to do with the pursuit of knowledge and attainment of higher levels of consciousness, before we lost our way and started chasing money, but that's another story.
I mention this because recently I've been receiving lots of messages concerning 'Ticks'. Ticks love the spring and summer weather, and right now, it's boom time for ticks.
So I've been racking my brains, trying to think of a reason why ticks have been put on earth - other than to annoy the rest of us warm-blooded creatures in pursuit of their own survival. I think I've finally cracked it. They were put here for the same reason that politicians were put here - to challenge the rest of us into thinking up clever ways of avoiding contact with them.
If you're a pet owner you may have seen a tick first hand, and if you've ever been bitten by a tick yourself, you'll know it's not a nice experience. They head for the warmest, most sensitive areas of your body, and latch themselves onto the most inconvenient places.
Getting them off without doing more damage can be difficult. If you squeeze their bodies they vomit what they've just sucked out of you back into your bloodstream, along with a whole host of bacteria and diseases. Ticks are 2nd only to mosquitoes for transmitting diseases to humans.
If you try to pull them off their delicate mouthparts can be left behind in your body, which can lead to further infection.
There are a number of special devices for removing ticks. The one we've had most success with is called a tick lasso. You put the lasso around the head of the tick and with a gentle tug it comes off.
To avoid picking up any ticks wear long sleeved shirts, shoes, and long trousers tucked into your socks. The use of tick repellents on the outside of clothing can also help.