Because of climate change, the number of ticks is growing and thus the risk of being bitten by a Lyme-infected tick increases as well. This warning comes from a group of Dutch researchers, who also point out that due to the warmer winters and rising temperatures a certain mosquito from China and sandfly from southern Europe may start inhabiting the Netherlands. These insects are known to spread a dangerous virus and several tropical diseases.
Lyme is often contracted unnoticed, but it's a very serious condition requiring immediate medical attention, for as it progresses it affects the joints and nervous system. In extreme cases it can even lead to loss of hearing and neurological damage.
In other words: no matter how comfy the weather and freed your mind may be, keep those clothes on as you wander through the woods! Learn how to safely remove a tick, and check yourself, friends and pets after each forest walk.