A nice walk through the nature of The Hague; for some residents (and their four-legged friends) that is pure enjoyment! If you are one of these nature lovers, pay attention: it is the tick season. Here you can see the number of reports of tick bites in the past month.

Via the map of Tick Radar you can see how many reports of tick bites have been made in the Netherlands. Also from The Hague! The map indicates that several reports of tick bites have recently been made in Voorburg, the Haagse Bosjes and the Scheveningse Bosjes. But be aware that this is a live map, so it’s useful to check it out now and then before heading to the woods. The map might look different tomorrow.

About Tick Radar

Tick Radar has been compiled by scientists who research tick bites. Tick ​​radar is an initiative of, among others, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Wageningen University & Research and Radboud University.

About 1.5 million people in the Netherlands are bitten by a tick each year according to a survey among general practitioners. Nevertheless, the number of tick bites may be higher in practice, thinks Bea Werner of

Stichting Tekenbeet Diseases. She says: “Not everyone goes to the doctor because of a tick bite. Also, not everyone reports a bite to the Tick Radar. Not everyone knows it and if people do know it, they sometimes forget it. It is therefore impossible to say whether the number of tick bites this year is the same as in previous years.”

Lyme Disease

Have you been bitten yourself? Then Bea recommends removing the tick as soon as possible with a drawing pen or going to the doctor. And after that? “Report on the Tick Radar!” she continues. If you don’t remove the tick immediately, you run the risk of contracting a disease, such as Lyme disease. According to the researchers at Tekenradar, the nature and severity of the complaints in Lyme vary. For example, you can suffer from fever, headache, joint pain or even paralysis and heart complaints. Bea: “The estimate is that annually 000. people in the Netherlands get Lyme disease. Most receive antibiotics, then 1 remain.06 to 2.200 people keep complaints.”

Dogs and ticks

Ticks are not only interested in people, but also in animals. Your four-legged friend can also become infected as a result. Bea: “Dogs are even more at risk than people, because their long hair makes them the ideal environment for ticks. Dogs can get Lyme, but generally don’t get as sick as humans, they have a better immune system. Cats, on the other hand, are lucky: they don’t get sick.”

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