Handy app that warns you about ticks

Published on 6 July 2020

It is the time of the year – more than half of the tick bites happen in June and July.

But in which part of the Netherlands are the risks high?

The Nature Today app

People are not aware of the risks of a tick bite according to biologist Arnold van Vliet.

Figures show there has been a substantial increase in tick bites. In The Netherlands alone this means 1,50000 tick bites per year. As a result of these bites,there are about 27,000 cases of Lyme disease.

People should check themselves or ticks after walks in the countryside and nature.

Due to the increase in tick bites, biologist Arnold Van Vliet developed an app, in cooperation with the Wageningen University. It is called the ‘Nature Today’ app.

This app not only warns users to check themselves but also shows which parts of The Netherlands show high risks.

The app can be downloaded for free. There is also a paid part if you wish to get info which is location based. The national overview can be seen in the free version.

The ‘Nature Today’ app shows you the weekly registered number of tick bites in The Netherlands. Furthermore the app shows you how to remove a tick.

Good to know, ticks not only live in the forest but can also be found in parks and even in your own garden.


Source: RTLNieuws.nl

What you should know about ticks

eight leg tick

For readers who are not familiar with the phenomenon ticks here some facts:

# Ticks are small, eight legs, blood-sucking bugs, related to spiders.

# You’ll find them outdoors in grass, trees, shrubs and leaf piles.

# They are attracted to people and their four-legged pets

# Ticks can bite you and pass diseases onto humans and pets. This can cause the Lyme disease.

# When you notice a tick on your body, use fine – tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Pull upward, with even steady pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick, this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth parts using tweezers.

Having trouble doing this all? Call your GP for assistance.









On May 4th, people in the Netherlands pay their respect to all victims who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of Worl War II by a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

This year a commemoration with the public is possible again.

National Commemoration

Every year at 7:50 p.m., the National Commemoration will take place on Amsterdam’s Dam Square.

King Alexander and Queen Maxima will walk through a veterans’ guard to lay a wreath on behalf of all citizens of The Netherlands. After this ceremony, there will be a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

Furthermore, public transport and road traffic will come to a standstill.



The main commemoration will start in the St. Bavo Church at the Grote Markt.

A silent march will start at the church, Riviervismarkt side, and ends at the Dreef. Here, victims of war will be commemorated by laying wreaths at the memorial of ‘Man in front of the firing squad.’

Commemorations will also take place on the Westergracht, Burgemeester Reinaldapark and Jan Gijzenbrug.

The full program can be found on this website.


Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal in Overveen

One of the many honorary cemeteries can be found in the Kennemer Dunes at the Zeeweg in Overveen.

This cemetery was consecrated on November 27th, 1945, by the reburial of Hannie Schaft, a famous Dutch Resistance fighter.

Three hundred seventy-two resistance fighters were re-buried at this cemetery.

Silent march to the memorial cemetery

From 6 p.m. to p.m 6:40 p.m. a memorial service will be held in the building of ‘Publieke Werken’ on the Brouwerskolkweg in Overveen
This service is open to relatives of the fallen and all who are interested.

6:40 p.m. set up of silent march right after the roundabout, corner Brouwerskolk – Zeeweg.

6:55 p.m. start of the silent march to the memorial cemetery

8 p.m. 2 minutes of silence

The silent march is a tribute to the fallen and thoughts about freedom and peace.

On May 4th, people can visit the cemetery between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. As of 7 p.m., the cemetery will be closed at 7 p.m.



Dutch flags will fly half-mast from 6 p.m. until sunset on government buildings. The same rule applies to citizens. For them, this rule is not a directive.

Broadcast on tv

NOS will broadcast the national commemoration ceremony live from 7:50 p.m. on NPO.