It's once again tick season in northwestern Ontario. Not only are they a pain to remove from your body, they pose the risk of Lyme Disease.
Thomas Nabb from the Northwestern Health Unit talks about the risk.
“For the most part, the majority of ticks in the region are wood ticks, and thye don't spread Lyme disease. So the risk of that is low. There are deer-ticks in the region, not all of them have Lyme disease, but some do carry the disease. The big thing is to prevent any kind of tick bite,” he said.
There are two types of ticks in the region. The Wood Tick is the more common one, and does not carry Lyme Disease, and the less common Deer tick which can carry Lyme Disease.
Nabb offers some tips.
“The big prevention tips are to wear light coloured clothing so that you can easily see the tick if it is crawling on you. Wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts when possible. Wearing clothed foot-wear. Wearing insect repellant that contains DEET,” he said.
Nabb added that you can also bring the tick into the Northwestern Health Unit if you want the tick identified to determine what type of tick it is. You're chance of developing Lyme Disease is lowered significantly if you remove the tick within 24 hours.
It's important to practise prevention when going hiking or walking through long grass and forests.
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