Ticks used to be something we didn’t have to worry about here in Northern Ontario, but with climate change, they have been slowly coming our way. Although uncommon, ticks have tested positive for Lyme disease in the Greater Sudbury area, and as a result, outdoors people should be aware of the risks associated during tick season. Ticks can attach to both humans and animals, so prudence needs to be taken with both two and four-legged members of your household.
- Here are some tips to avoid ticks this summer!
- Use a chemical bug repellent (DEET)
- Essential oils such as lavender, lemongrass and eucalyptus have also been known to deter ticks (better for use on 4 legged friends or kids)
- If walking in fields or bush, wear long pants and shirts, as well as socks and boots; tuck pant legs into your socks
- Wear light coloured clothing and a hat
- Stay in direct sunlight
- Be vigilant at home as well – many people let down their guard in backyards, but ticks can exist anywhere in the wild
- Check animals and each other when coming in from the outdoors
- To be safe, shower after a day outdoors
If you find a tick embedded in your skin or that of your animal, remove the tick immediately with tweezers or forceps and keep it in a ziplock bag. Bring the tick to your local health unit to be tested, and seek medical treatment if required.