Ticks weren’t a big deal when I was a child. You gave them the pluck and squash treatment if you found them and that was that. Nowadays, however, ticks need to be taken seriously.

That’s because Lyme Borreliosis (Lyme disease), first recorded in Ireland in 1987, appears to be more prevalent now. It can cause flu-like symptoms and a bull’s eye rash initially, but numbness, chronic joint pain and more if left untreated. So why is the disease more prevalent here now?