Being an archaeologist is dangerous work. You might trip and fall, you might get a tree branch in your eye, heavy machinery at digs present dangers, during some weeks elk hunters roam the woods etc. and then there are ticks (Ixodidae). In Sweden it’s most often Ixodes ricinus also known as the sheep tick or castor bean tick. They are vectors of tick-borne meningoencephalitis (TBE), this is possible to get vaccinated for which I’ve done, and lyme disease which you can’t get vaccinated for.
When you’ve found one on you the itch starts, it seems you’ve got hundreds of them all over, this is of course just a mind game but in this case I found three of the little buggers stuck to different parts of my torso.
It’s not many animals I truly detest but ticks are among those, ugly little bastards!!! It might have something to do with the biting or the fact that they don’t have any bones, animals should have bones…