Welcome to zecken.de - your information portal for everything you need to know about ticks. Want to find out more about ticks, where they live and what risks you could face from them? Here you will discover a wealth of facts about ticks, their habitat and the pathogens they can carry to precautions you can take against the little arachnids. For a quick overview take a look at our summary:

Ticks and how to recognize them

There are many different species of ticks, and they develop in a series of stages. The tiny arachnids are only a few millimeters in size, so recognizing ticks and properly dealing with them is not as easy as people might think. We can help you work out what you need to watch out for and what to do when you find a tick:

  • Tick species
  • Ticks in Germany
  • Where do ticks like to bite?
  • Body parts most at risk from ticks

Tick removal

Anyone who enjoys the outdoors will sooner or later come into contact with ticks. Once bitten, you need to act quickly and remove ticks from your body as soon as possible. We show you the best ways to rid yourself of these annoying little arachnids. See below for an overview:

  • Helpful tips for successfully removing ticks
  • The right technique when removing ticks
  • What to do when the 'head' of a tick remains in the skin
  • Tools and treatments for the removal of ticks (with pictures)

Dangers caused by ticks

Tick bites can cause serious consequences: Infected ticks can transmit pathogens, causing major illnesses such as tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) or Lyme disease. See below to find out what this means and what precautions and treatments you can take against these diseases:

  • TBE
  • Areas of TBE risk in Germany
  • Areas of TBE risk in Europe
  • Lyme disease (borreliosis)
  • Rarer diseases

Protecting yourself

Ticks can transmit up to 50 different pathogens, including the TBE virus and the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Both of these diseases can have severe long-term consequences. For this reason, taking precautions should be routine for all people at risk, from older people and nature lovers to those living in areas with a high tick population. You can find many tips and tricks in the following categories:

  • Protecting yourself
  • 7 practical tips for protection against ticks
  • Tick protection for children

Interesting facts

How do I tell whether I have been bitten by an infected tick? At what time of the year are ticks active? These and many other frequently asked questions are answered in the FAQ section:

  • Frequently asked questions


Still have questions we haven't answered? For further and more detailed information on ticks and illnesses associated with them, check the following websites:

  • Robert Koch-Institute (English)
  • World Health Organization
  • Lyme Disease Network
  • American Lyme Disease Foundation