Another summer is here again, and I feel it is probably wise to bring this topic up once again.
A few weeks ago, I did an activation of DM/HE-044 and DM/HE-045 and bought my Father (G3OZZ) along for the walk. Upon reaching home, and checking we found that we had both picked up ticks.
I had a health checkup the following week, so I mentioned it to my Doctor and he said that this year is an unusually bad one for ticks in DL - Fortunately, we have both had blood tests and are both free of Borreliose. He also recommended that I get immunised again tick-borne encephalitis. The Taunus is classified as a lower risk area than further south, but there have been cases.
Obviously, there is no need to get hysterical - but the risk can be underestimated. Not all GPs are aware of the risks, so if you do get symptoms make sure to mention that you have been bitten by a tick!
In future, I plan to take a folding chair with me on activations to further reduce the risk - In my experience, tick repellents (including DEET) are next to useless.