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Ticks

Many nature preserves in the Netherlands are home to ticks. Some ticks (around 33 percent) are infected with the borrelia bacteria, which causes Lyme's disease. If, like every geocacher, you stray from the path and walk through the vegetation (even if it's for a short distance), you run the risk of being caught by a tick. If the tick bites you and transfers the borrelia to you, you're in trouble! It's not a coincidence a set of tick-tweezers and desinfectant is a standard part of our geocaching equipment -- I've had ticks embedded in me twice...

In some nature preserves, 'large grazers' such as Scottish highlanders and konink-horses have been introduced. And it turns out that the grazing actually reduces the number of ticks in the area!
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