TICK Ixodidae

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3 species of ticks Ixodes are found in the Faroe Islands.
The seabird tick Ixodes (Ceratixodes) uriae has been on the Faroe Islands as long as the seabirds have bred in the Faroe Islands.
The sheep tick Ixodes ricinus was first registered on a dog in Vestmanna in August 1990.
Ixodes (Scaphixodes) caledonicus is only found once in the Faroe Islands. That happened in August 27. 2004, when Hergeir Jacobsen, Nólsoy, suddently held it in his hand.

Sheep tick Ixodes ricinus (Linnaeus 1758)

Ixodes ricinus

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A very satisfied Ixodes ricinus

Ixodes ricinus

There are about 20 kinds of ticks, and one of them is called Ixodes ricinus. It has become more common in the Nordic region, and has been found in the Faroe Islands in the last 25 years. In addition to Borrelia you can get more serious diseases as Encephalitis, so Ixodes ricinus is far more dangerous than the more common so-called puffin louse Ixodes (Ceratixodes) uriae. Read about he difference between Encephalitis and Meningitis

In the summer of 2015 British biologists were in the Faroe Islands to catch Ixodes ricinus, and on July 25. I got an Ixodes ricinus. It was found on a dog in Klaksvík as they brushed him. Ixodes ricinus has also been found on a cat and a boy, which you can read more about in the article below.

If you find a similar lice in the Faroe Islands on your dog, cat or yourself, I would very much like to see it. Put the tick in a clean jar and screw the cap on tightly. Contact me then on nolsoy@gmail.com

Update 03.09.2017: In the recent years, Ixode's ricinus has only been found on dogs and cats in the Faroe Islands, but today one was found on the head of a boy in Eysturoy, so only in this summer 3 people have been infested.

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Transhemispheric Exchange of Lyme Disease Spirochetes by Seabirds. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Dec. 1995

Records of ticks from the Faroe Islands

Factsheet about Ixodes ricinus

The desease TBE

Sheep tick Ixodes ricinus is recently found on a sheep in the Faroe Islands

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Update 15.05.2018: On April 28, 2018, Bjarni Jacobsen found a Sheep thick Ixodes ricinus (Linnaeus 1758) on a lamb, that they did not manage to catch the fall before, when they caught all of the sheep in the steep terrain at Fámará in Suðuroy. When they finally managed to catch the lamb, it had a Sheep tick under the eye.
We agreed, that the tick looked very much like a Sheep tick, but we were in doubt, since Sheep tick has never been found on a sheep in the Faroe Islands. Therefore we asked Leivur Janus Hansen, who agreed with us. Furthermore he sent some photographs to the Sheep tick expert Jolyon Medlock, who determined the species.
This is the first registration of a Sheep tick on a sheep in Faroe Islands, and this is also the first time, that a Sheep tick is found out in the mountain. This can be of great importance to Faroese sheep farming in the future, as the sheep in the worst case can be affected by the disease Anaplasma phagocytophilum.

Seabird tick Ixodes (Ceratixodes) uriae (White 1852)
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On August 26, 2017 the men from Mykines went down on the mountain shields to catch young Gannets. Then Ronja in Eyðansstovu found this hungry tick on one of the young birds. When a tick is satisfied, it is round like a ball.

Ixodes uriae

On this link it is possible to read several scientific articles about ticks in the Faroe Islands - find them under Birds or Terrestrial Invertebrates

Ixodes (Scaphixodes) caledonicus (Nuttall 1910)

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